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Mary Elizabeth Winstead,
A.C.O.D. follows a seemingly well-adjusted Adult Child of Divorce (Adam Scott) who is forced to revisit the chaos of his parents' (Catherine O'Hara and Richard Jenkins) bitter divorce all over again after his younger brother (Clark Duke) decides to get married. Written by
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This is a typical comedy/drama about marriage, love, life, and adultery. It's filmed well, acted reasonably well, and told in a clear style.
But despite all of that, it just sort of sucks. For starters, it's not funny. It's sad. While the story is clear, it's not a good one by any means. In fact, it had me a little bit baffled. Were we supposed to feel sympathy for the main character? Or were we supposed to agree with everyone else' take that there is something wrong with him?
The plot is simple. There is a man who's parents divorced in a very ugly fashion years previous, and made his life miserable growing up, resulting in a well-adjusted young man who is afraid to get married. It seems plausible, but it doesn't carry through well at all. Several characters in the film repeatedly tell the main character that he needs to address his issues. But frankly, I felt throughout the entire movie that it was EVERYONE ELSE that was broken.
You have a ton of people doing bad things to each other with no thought at all about how it effects other people, and it's HIM that needs fixing? It didn't fly. Not even a little bit.
If this movie succeeds in poking fun at anything, it would be that it spends a great deal of time mocking the institution of marriage. An action I felt was neither warranted nor funny.
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