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A.C.O.D. (2013)

R | | Comedy | 23 January 2013 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Stuart Zicherman
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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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

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He's about to ruin a perfectly good divorce.

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,001, 4 October 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$172,344, 3 November 2013
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Trivia

When Sondra is on the phone with Carter, she gets handed a drink by someone named JJ, This is most likely a reference to Parks and Recreation, which Amy Poehler (Sondra) and Adam Scott (Carter) both starred in. JJ was the owner of Amy Poehler's favorite breakfast place in the show. See more »

Goofs

(at around 67 mins) Carter pulls up to a stop sign and his car is missing the driver side mirror. A few minutes later, the car has both its side mirrors. See more »

Crazy Credits

On-screen credits are repeated for Brandon Tonner-Connolly, the first time as Property Master, and the second time as Propmaster. See more »

Connections

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

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Get Loose
Written by Colin Kiddy
Courtesy of De Wolfe Music USA
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A few funny moments, but too clearly a personal catharsis
8 February 2014 | by jimojimoSee all my reviews

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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