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Adult Beginners (2014)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 24 April 2015 (USA)
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A young, narcissistic entrepreneur crashes and burns on the eve of his company's big launch. With his entire life in total disarray, he leaves Manhattan to move in with his estranged ... See full summary »

Director:

Ross Katz

Writers:

Nick Kroll (story), Jeff Cox (story) | 3 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rose Byrne ... Justine
Nick Kroll ... Jake
Bobby Cannavale ... Danny
Joel McHale ... Hudson
Caleb Paddock ... Teddy (as Caleb and Matthew Paddock)
Matthew Paddock ... Teddy (as Caleb and Matthew Paddock)
Paula Garcés ... Blanca
Caitlin FitzGerald ... Kat
Jane Krakowski ... Miss Jenn
Mike Birbiglia ... Braden
David Bernon ... Chuck
Bobby Moynihan ... Paul
Seth Barrish ... Doctor
Jason Mantzoukas ... Herman
Cara Cooper Cara Cooper ... Real Estate Agent
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A young, narcissistic entrepreneur crashes and burns on the eve of his company's big launch. With his entire life in total disarray, he leaves Manhattan to move in with his estranged pregnant sister, brother-in-law and 3-year-old nephew in the suburbs - only to become their nanny. Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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Some people just can't handle growing up

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some drug use. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brother's Keeper See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$36,657, 26 April 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$104,415, 31 May 2015
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1.85 : 1
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Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale are a real life couple. See more »

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In the credits, Walk on the Ocean is listed as performed by Toad the Wet Sprocket, but then says courtesy of Todd the Wet Sprocket. See more »

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[first lines]
Jake: Hi, I'm Jake Winton. If you're receiving this video, it means that you have invested in "MINDS i". It also means that we have raised $2.5 million to start production on the sickest piece of wearable technology on the market today.
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Follow the Rainbow
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A quickly forgotten film...
17 September 2014 | by MediaboyMusingsSee all my reviews

Adult Beginners' plot: After becoming a pariah to just about everyone he's connected with after a failed product launch, self-centred entrepreneur Jake (played by stand-up comic Nick Kroll) returns to his childhood home where his sister, Justine (played by Rose Byrne), and brother-in-law, Danny (played by Bobby Cannavale), live with their three-year-old son. As Jake licks his wounds and contemplates his next step, he comes to appreciate the value of family and the virtue of humility.

Kroll would seem to be an unlikely candidate to play a character who rediscovers their humanity in a comedic film with touchy feely leanings like Adult Beginners, considering the abrasive nature of his stand-up act and his television roles on The League and Kroll Show. His snide personality is intact initially, mind you, but that edge is gradually dulled as Jake is welcomed into his sister's home and takes on the nanny responsibilities for his nephew. The fish-out-of-water scenario rarely yields impactful results, however, be they of the moving or comedic variety, and the movie rarely goes anywhere you're not expecting it to. Kroll acquits himself decently with the limited material, as do Byrne and Cannavale, who are given their own marital issues to wrestle with as a subplot. Peripheral characters played by Jane Krakowski, Josh Charles, Paula Garces, and Joel McHale barely register, although one scene with Saturday Night Live's Bobby Moynihan playing a former classmates of Jake's delivers the movie's best laughs and will ring true for anyone who's had one of those run-ins with someone from your past that you wouldn't even want as a Facebook friend.

Adult Beginners disappoints with its skimpy joke-to-laugh ratio and ability to move the viewer with Jake's transformation, adding up to a slight movie that's unlikely to stay with you for very long.


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