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Friends Reunited (stylised as F•R•I•E•N•D•S Reunited) is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Kevin S. Bright, written by Marta Kauffman and David Crane, and produced by Bright, Kauffman and Crane, along with Scott Silveri, Shana Goldberg-Meehan and the main cast. The plot centres of a group of friends who have become estranged since they were last seen on the season finale of the television series Friends in 2004, and how they all come to reunite by chance.

The main cast consists of Jennifer Anniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc, with Cole Sprouse, Maddie Ziegler, Jacob Tremblay, Eliza Farrier, Brandon Spink, Sonequa Martin-Green, Jonathan Groff, Eddie Cahill, Elle Fanning, Elliott Gould, Christina Pickles, Maggie Wheeler and Paul Rudd, with brief appearances by James Michael Tyler, Tom Selleck and Aisha Tyler.

Plot

It's been 15 years since Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) got of the plane and reunited with Ross (David Schwimmer), but the relationship didn't last more than a year. Now a widowed mother of two living in a Parisian suburb with her teen daughter Emma (Maddie Ziegler) and 7-year-old son James (Jacob Tremblay), Rachel quits her job at a local H&M and decides to head back to the US for a fresh start.

Waiting for her in arrivals are her former roommates and best friends Monica (Courteney Cox) and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), both of whom are also married with families of their own, Monica remains married to Chandler (Matthew Perry) and are parents to adopted twins Jack (Brandon Spink) and Erica (Eliza Farrier), while Phoebe is married to Mike (Paul Rudd) and has found her niece, also named Chandler (Elle Fanning) living with her after falling out with her parents. Emma is delighted to be reunited with her aunt Monica, but Monica is shocked when it becomes clear that Ross hasn't been visiting her in Paris like he said he had been.

When they arrive at Monica's house, Rachel, Emma and James are excitedly greeted by Monica's children and Chandler, who hasn't seen Rachel since she left for Paris in 2005. When Rachel emotionally reflects on the death of her husband Max, she is unexpectedly interrupted by a visiting Ross. An awkward confrontation between Ross and Emma leads to a tense argument between him and Rachel that culminates with Rachel slapping him. Rachel goes to bed, while Ross quickly leaves.

Meanwhile, Chandler is beginning arrangements for Monica's surprise 50th birthday party, and he contacts Joey (Matt LeBlanc) to come back to New York for the occasion, seeing as the whole gang would then be back together. Unfortunately, Joey explains that his wife Ella (Sonequa Martin-Green) is heavily pregnant, and they'd be unable to attend. Disappointed that Joey didn't tell his friends about his new wife or child, Chandler abruptly ends the call before bumping into former girlfriend and neighbour Janice, who offers to help him arrange the party, since she's just ventured into the party planning business.

While at lunch with his son Ben (Cole Sprouse), Ross tells him about his encounter with Rachel the previous night. Ben criticises his father for not being supportive of Emma, telling him that he'd like to get to know his younger half sister. When they leave the restaurant, Ross bumps into his ex-girlfriend Charlie (Aisha Tyler).

Hunting for a job in the city with the help of Monica and Phoebe, Rachel decides to stop off in Central Perk for a coffee. The girls reminisce on old times and Gunther faints at the unexpected sighting of Rachel. She then finds herself talking to Ash (Jonathan Groff), an editor at Vogue magazine. He tells her that he's heard a lot about the 'famous Rachel Green' by his co-worker Tag Jones, an ex of Rachel', and offers her a position at the magazine as Tag's approval is enough. A thrilled Rachel accepts Ash's offer, but worries about her reunion with Tag.

Chandler is cautious about working with Janice to plan the party, and when they visit a venue in the city, they bump into Richard (Tom Selleck), who's planning his retirement party with the help of his daughter. Chandler invites Richard to Monica's birthday and the two shake hands, which Janice get's emotional about. At the Bing house, Monica is surprised when Ben pays a visit and introduces himself to Emma as her brother. Having not seen him in some years, Rachel is touched by the gesture and gives Ben a hug. Ben tells Rachel that since she left for Paris, his father hasn't been the same. When Ross arrives for dinner that night, Rachel apologises for her behaviour and they kiss, but nothing more happens between them. Also at dinner, Phoebe and Mike are delighted that their niece Chandler has made a friendly bond with Emma and the two have become close friends.

The next day, Janice and Chandler finalise the party plans and send out invitations. Chandler tells Janice how happy he is that they can be friends despite their past and they share a hug, Chandler then invites Janice to the party, and she gets emotional again and cries.

It's Rachel's first day at work and her first time seeing Tag in nearly 16 years, but Tag is delighted to see her and she quickly settles in, proving that she has quite a knack to fashion journalism. While getting coffee a few days later, she overhears that French Vogue have a vacancy of the same position and considers going back home to Paris, since nothing is particularly keeping her grounded in New York and her children enjoy life there.

It's the day of Monica's party and her parents (Elliott Gould and Christina Pickles) arrive to celebrate the occasion, almost spoiling the surprise. Rachel reveals she's applied for a new job at French Vogue and is considering relocating back to Paris, but Emma protests, saying she wants to get to know her American family, something James agrees with.

Monica is overwhelmed when she is surprised with a birthday party and thanks Chandler for the effort, but Chandler doesn't hesitate with giving Janice the credit, and Monica and Janice share a moment together. Monica is also stunned to see Richard, and the two embrace, to her parents dread. Ross speaks to Rachel about coming to Paris with her this time, but she then reveals she's decided to stay put, for her children's sake. Ross takes this as a sign of their reconcile, but Rachel pulls away, saying she no longer feels that way about him. She quickly leaves the party in embarrassment.

Outside, Phoebe talks to Rachel and recalls the time she told Ross that Rachel was his lobster. Phoebe tells Rachel that while they probably do belong together, they both have to feel it to believe it.

When Monica begins opening gifts, a young woman who they don't recognise says she has one final gift for Monica, rolling in a large box from outside. Tearing from it is Joey, who has flown in especially. He introduces Ella, who had given birth two weeks earlier, the same day as his phone call with Chandler. He apologises for losing touch and reconciles with the gang.

As the party unwinds, it soon becomes apparent that the only guests left are the six friends, and they sit down on the same table and look back on their time as a group. Rachel takes Ross aside and tells him that one day, she may be ready to try again, but that time isn't now. She apologises and asks if they can just be friends, to which he agrees and they return to the table.

Cast

  • Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Bernard-Green, Phoebe and Monica's best friend and Ross' ex girlfriend, she relocates from Paris after 14 years.
  • Courteney Cox as Monica Geller-Bing, a chef who is Ross' sister, Chandler's wife and best friend to Phoebe and Rachel.
  • Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Hannigan, the best friend of Monica and Rachel and wife of Mike.
  • David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Monica's brother, Chandler's best friend and ex boyfriend of Rachel.
  • Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Monica's husband and Ross' best friend.
  • Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, the group's estranged actor friend.
  • Cole Sprouse as Ben Geller, Ross' son.
  • Maddie Ziegler as Emma Bernard-Green (formerly Geller-Green), Rachel's daughter, estranged from Ross, her biological father, she adopts her late father's surname in it's place.
  • Jacob Tremblay as James Bernard-Green, Rachel's son with her late husband Max.
  • Eliza Farrier as Erica Bing, Chandler and Monica's daughter.
  • Brandon Spink as Jack Bing, Chandler and Monica's son.
  • Sonequa Martin-Green as Ella Tribbiani, Joey's much younger wife.
  • Jonathan Groff as Ash, Rachel's new co-worker and Tag's friend.
  • Eddie Cahill as Tag Jones, Rachel's ex-boyfriend and now boss.
  • Elle Fanning as Chandler Buffay, Phoebe's niece, who she gave birth to.
  • Elliott Gould as Jack Geller, Monica and Ross' father.
  • Christina Pickles as Judy Geller, Monica and Ross' mother.
  • Maggie Wheeler as Janice, Chandler's ex girlfriend and current neighbour/party planner.
  • Paul Rudd as Mike Hannigan, Phoebe's husband.
  • James Michael Tyler as Gunther, the owner of Central Perk.
  • Tom Selleck as Richard, Monica's ex boyfriend.
  • Aisha Tyler as Charlie, Ross' ex girlfriend.

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