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L.A. Weekly
Lyrical and funny, Full Grown Men is a tough-minded film about the need to grow up.
It's dramatically unsatisfying.
The A.V. Club
Full Grown Men often becomes as intolerably silly as the twee Amerindies it's reacting to.
In the end, Full Grown Men tells an amusing tale, and the cameo scenes from Alan Cumming and Amy Sedaris are not to be missed.
A strong cast, beautiful production values and generally pleasant execution can't disguise the fact both laughs and surprises are on the thin side here, despite the abundant care and affection lavished on the central characters by first-time writer-director David Munro.
Obviously, Munro is reaching for something about how people allow themselves to get mired in the past. But his characters and situations are so exaggerated and dreary that his point gets quickly lost.
Village Voice
For better and for worse (at least for a story about a man struggling to behave like an adult), Full Grown Men feels and thinks with the heart and mind of a child.
Friedlander offers a nicely subtle performance, but the other actors - including Alan Cumming, Deborah Harry and Amy Sedaris - appear to have turned up as a favor to the director. Don't feel obliged to follow their lead.
Nicely photographed and has impressive sets; too bad there's so little going on that it seems long even at 78 minutes.
This candy-colored movie, whose soft hues match the colored cereal loops that Alby devours at his mother's house, is a post-Freudian fable that wants to be a kind of anti-"Wizard of Oz" for a culture inundated with toys and toons.

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