A grown man caught in the crossfire of his parents' 15-year divorce discovers he was unknowingly part of a study on divorced children and is enlisted in a follow-up years later, which wreaks new havoc on his family.


Stuart Zicherman
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Scott ... Carter
Richard Jenkins ... Hugh
Catherine O'Hara ... Melissa
Amy Poehler ... Sondra
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Lauren
Clark Duke ... Trey
Ken Howard ... Gary
Valerie Tian ... Kieko
Sarah Burns ... Margo
Jessica Alba ... Michelle
Jane Lynch ... Dr. Judith
Jamie Renell ... Tyler
Valerie Payton Valerie Payton ... Etta
Gavin Plunkett Gavin Plunkett ... Evan (as John Gavin Alexander Plunkett)
Isabella Zentkovich ... Emily (as Isabella Zentkovic)


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 The Film Arcade

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He's about to ruin a perfectly good divorce.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


In one scene, Amy Poehler says that her and Adam Scott are the same age, to which he replies by informing her that he's actually one year younger. In real life this is statement is true, Adam Scott is one year younger than Amy Poehler. See more »


The "knock-off Eames chair" in Dr. Judith's office is not based on any design by mid-century designers Charles and Ray Eames. The chair is a chaise lounge designed by famed modernist architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, commonly known by his nickname "Le Corbusier". The design pre-dates most of the Eames' designs by several decades. See more »

Crazy Credits

There are testimonials from real-life A.C.O.D.'s during the end credits. See more »


Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.2 (2013) See more »


Heart It Races
Performed by Dr. Dog
Written by Cameron Bird
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Worth a Watch, but not for Laughs
10 May 2016 | by keeverjSee all my reviews

After watching A.C.O.D. on Netflix I immediately logged onto IMDb to see what sort of ratings the movie had received from critics and other users. I was in fact very surprised that the reviews were not stronger for this movie.

I believe the main problem with this movie is that it must be listed as a comedy. A.C.O.D. is not the traditional comedy with one liners, slapstick, and crazy over the top situations, but is more of a drama dealing with the struggles of an adult living with the trauma of growing up the child of divorced parents. The protagonist Carter's character arc is quite engaging and mostly well written. Even things that he did that I felt were out of character seemed passable when his overall emotional state was considered. The movie was quite deep and could be potentially very meaningful to real life adult children of divorce.

Other positives of this film are in its acting and direction. Most of the actors in this movie were quite good. Adam Scott was typical Adam Scott, nothing new there. The direction was also quite good and I enjoyed the soundtrack.

If you plan to go into this movie expecting laughs though, you won't probably enjoy it as much as I did.

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Release Date:

23 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adult Children of Divorce See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$19,001, 6 October 2013

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