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I went into this film with an open mind. The film trailers played
months ago, and they got a lot of theatre laughs, but then this film
was slowly put out to the theatres and i saw low rating numbers on this
site and i wasn't in a rush to see this film. I enjoyed the film as
both a comedy and a drama.
The center of the film is on Carter, the older Brother's response to reuniting his parents for the sake of his brother. This in turn brings back bad memories of a dysfunctional family, divorce, and a disrupted family nucleus. Not only is Carter forced to sift through his buried family core issues, but the whole family is brought into the abyss.
I'm not sure what IMDb people were expecting, they usually get it right, but not on this one. I heard lots of audience laughs and sighs. There is a lot of wit and sarcasm instead of Hollywood cheap laughs. Adam Scott felt like a younger Kevin Spacey, I felt he did a great job of pulling off the role. This is certainly not a perfect film, but it is intelligent and fun.
A.C.O.D. is such a terrific film that it's difficult to believe that it's Zicherman's directorial debut. The screenplay, by Karlin and Zicherman, is remarkably clever and witty--combining humor with poignant insight to a very satisfying effect. Zicherman gets the pacing exactly right, showing faith in the intelligence of his audience by never belaboring a point. The characters are engaging and the acting is very great. If your an adult child of divorce or a divorced parent who worries about your children, you're likely to recognize something in this film. (When Carter goes through his parents' divorce papers, try to catch some of the petty, ridiculous allegations each makes.) In this film, you see revealed some painful truths about human nature and complex family relationships--always with humor and compassion. This is one of the best comedies I've seen.
As I started watching this movie, it became very obvious that this was
a very personal, cathartic movie. I have no problem with that, it's
done all the time--but what's important, interesting, funny, and
meaningful to the writer/director, doesn't always translate into
something meaningful to the viewer unless there is far more skill in
the storytelling. And that is what I think this movie lacked.
The plot simply covers the story of a a kid named Carter (and his younger brother Trey) who's father was a philanderer as a husband, as well as fairly cold and distant as a father. The father and mother haven't spoken for 20 years and the father has gone through several other step moms over those years.
I'm sure the "seminal" moment of Carter's 9th birthday was a huge deal to writer, but it was thrust at us so quickly at the beginning of the movie that we didn't have time for any background/setup to even know or care what was going on. To me, that scene which was apparently so pivotal ended up a throwaway scene because the writer seemed so eager to tell it that he told it too soon without any context whatsoever.
So we fast forward to Carter's now-successful (at least career-wise) life. There are a lot of funny moments here, but nothing we couldn't see in a half-hour sitcom. But the road the movie takes us down is a bit meandering and it seems very clear that we're going to have some sort of too-neatly wrapped up happy ending designed to close every loose end with a perfect situation and end all the pain of all the children who've gone through this situation.
To me, it just smacked too much of someone dumping his messed-up life on us and his wish of what could have been. It didn't make for an entertaining movie. Maybe a half-hour episode of Trophy Wife or something would have been a better venue for this story. Jimo
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My boyfriend and I had been looking forward to seeing this movie since it came out on DVD. After reading the synopsis and watching the trailer, we diligently watched our local Redboxes until it became available so we could enjoy a movie night of laughter. But, sadly, we were let down. There didn't seem to be one single spot where we actually laughed out loud, and actually was more of a drama than a comedy. I felt bad for the character more than I laughed. It was like a series of unfortunate events, none of which get resolved. The movie ended and I felt confused. All this bad stuff happens to the guy (I just watched the movie not more than 10 minutes ago and I've already forgotten the character's names- that's how bad it was) and then all of a sudden its a year later and its the day of a wedding but they don't tell your whose. I assumed it was the dad remarrying the mom, but honestly it could have been the younger brothers wedding to the Japanese chick or it could have been the guys wedding go the yoga girl. They just leave you wondering, cuz the whole reason that this guys life gets crazy again is for his little brothers wedding that you end up NEVER SEEING. At best it could be compared to a coming of age movie, except that he's already a man and there is no huge revelation scene where he realizes what he really needs. At worst, it was a pointless dollar and change and two or so hours wasted. I have to blame the writers on this. With all the decent names involved on screen - people I've have found quite humorous in the others character they've portrayed, the only explanation for the lols (lack of laughs) is that the writers didn't write a funny story. I gave the movie 4 stars. One for the argument between the parents in the opening scene. While I feel the writers were stupid for setting it at the kids birthday, the words they were yelling at each other would have been perfect for a different setting. Another star was for the younger brother telling the Japanese girl to dial 611 instead of 911 in the fire scene. The third star was also for the younger brother, and the reason he gave for deciding to marry the Japanese girl. And lastly, the forth star is for whoever convinced the cast to act in this movie, cuz I doubt they all read it and said OMG I have to do this its so funny; it must have taken either a lot of arm twisting or a big budget for their salaries.
"Them together is bad for everyone, especially me." Carter (Scott) has settled into his life as an Adult Child Of Divorce. He has a girlfriend he likes and a restaurant he owns. When his brother Trey (Duke) informs him of his engagement things begin to fall apart for Carter. First he has to try and get his parents to talk to each other so the wedding won't be ruined. Then he must keep them from getting back together for his sake. Going in with that cast I was expecting a hilarious comedy that I would be laughing at the whole time. While this was a good movie and I did like it it wasn't nearly as funny as I was expecting. There are some funny parts in this but it wasn't the laugh riot I was expecting. This is more about the selfishness of one person and how he messes with everyone's life to make him more comfortable. There is some very funny moments in this but hard to make that plot hilarious. Again though this is a good movie and worth seeing but do not expect the laugh-out-loud comedy I did. Overall, good and worth seeing but not super funny. I give it a B.
.... but Carter learns he misperceived something important! What a fun
movie to watch! Everybody plays their part well.
Poor Carter is caught in the middle of everybody's problems and needs. Then he discovers his past isn't quite what he thought it was! He has to pull all the family together for a wedding and maybe along the way he fixed a lot of lives.
This is a feel good flick and it's done very well - no problems for me! You might not laugh out loud but I'm sure anyone will smile throughout this story!
Watch it! You'll like it!
'A.C.O.D.': Three and a Half Stars (Out of Five)
New comedy-drama film about a restaurant owner who finds out he was one of the subjects of a book, on the effects of divorce on children (when he was a kid of course), and the author now wants to write a follow-up on the subjects as adults. The title is an abbreviation for Adult Children of Divorce and is based (loosely) on the director's (Stu Zicherman) actual experiences. It was written by Zicherman and Ben Karlin and stars Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O'Hara, Clark Duke, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Amy Poehler, Jane Lynch, Ken Howard and Jessica Alba. I found the movie to be very funny and a seemingly honest (yet exaggerated) look at divorce and it's effects on family members.
Scott plays Carter, a successful restaurant owner who's been dating his girlfriend, Lauren (Winstead), for four years but has never thought at all about marriage (or even moving in with her) mainly because of his history dealing with his parents (and their many marriages). Jenkins plays his father Hugh, who's now married to a woman Carter's age (Poehler), and O'Hara plays his mother Melissa, who's now married to a nice guy named Gary (Howard). Hugh and Melissa have not spoken in twenty years and hate each other's guts. When Carter's younger brother Trey (Duke), who doesn't even remember their parents being together, tells Carter he's getting married it becomes Carter's responsibility to convince his parents that they can be in the same room together (for the wedding). He goes to see Dr. Judith (Lynch) for help and finds out the woman he thought was his childhood psychiatrist (Dr. Judith) is not a psychiatrist at all but was actually writing a book on children of divorce (and Carter was one of her subjects). Things become more complicated when Carter's parents do end up seeing each other and Dr. Judith wants to write a follow-up to her book (with Carter's involvement again).
Most of the crew who worked on the film are all adult children of divorce (as we find out through interviews in the end credits). It is an interesting and very serious subject matter but that doesn't mean it can't be made fun of at all. This film does a good job of treating the subject matter seriously while still being really funny at times. Characters and issues are of course exaggerated but they still seem like real people with real problems. I think Scott is outstanding in the lead and the supporting cast all does what they do best as well (in minimal parts though). Zicherman does a good job for a first time director and the screenplay is well written as well (coming from a writer of 'ELEKTRA'!). I'd definitely say it's worth seeing, unless divorce is a touchy subject for you (possibly); although it probably is for most of the people that made the movie as well.
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This film surprised me a lot. Looking at the main poster and
advertisements for this, I thought this would be more of an
in-your-face, laugh out loud funny movie. But it takes a different
turn, being more of a drama than comedy.
That being said, I think that it balances the two genres very well. The humor, more subtle and realistic, adds just the right amount of lightheartedness to the relatable subject matter. Casting was pretty on the dot too.
Only thing that kept me from giving it a higher rating are the few scenes in the film that didn't really seem necessary.
Overall though, it was really enjoyable and entertaining. I would definitely watch it again.
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The movie has its moments
just not as many as I hoped there would have
The cast of "A.C.O.D." is filled with funny-makers that I am quite the fan of but I was surprised to find this film wasn't as funny as the cast involved would suggest. While the movie does have its momentsespecially any scene that involves Richard Jenkins and Catherine O'Hara togetherthere just didn't seem to be enough of them. While the film wants to be both a drama and a comedy (a dramedy, if you will), the script and story doesn't really feel like it wants to get up and get moving so it can go out and accomplish both.
The cast does what they can with what they are given and, while I wasn't completely disappointed with the film, I wasn't blown away either.
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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
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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