Adam Scott stars in a new comedy called A.C.O.D. as a grown man still dealing with childhood issues from his parent's bitter divorce. YNN's Neil Rosen filed the following review.
Adam Scott, from TV's "Parks and Recreation" as well as numerous films, stars in a new movie called "A.C.O.D.," which stands for Adult Children Of Divorce.
Scott plays Carter, a restaurateur who when we first meet him, truly believes that he's a pretty well-adjusted guy. But there's a lot brewing under the surface. His parents, played by Catherine O'Hara and Richard Jenkins, had a bitter divorce when Carter was only nine years old. Since then, he's been burying his feelings deep inside.
When his younger brother announces that he's getting married, it's up to Carter to not only bring his folks back together for the happy occasion, but he also has to try and keep the peace between them. This leads to some very unexpected consequences for all parties involved.
Trying to sort it all out, he visits his childhood therapist, played by Jane Lynch. But he soon discovers that she wasn't a therapist at all. In fact, she was doing research for a book on Children Of Divorce, which becomes a best seller, and he was part of the study.
She now wants to do a follow-up book, but initially, at least, Carter doesn't want any part of it.
Also in the mix are a talented bunch of actors, including Amy Poehler, who plays Jenkins' third wife.
Then there's Jessica Alba, another subject of the infamous Children of Divorce book, and both she and Carter get to commiserate for while.
The cast is first-rate, and Scott has always been a versatile, appealing actor, even though his character, as written, is a little bland here. Still, he's able to bring out some of the subtle, comedic aspects that can be periodically found in the script.
But the material, too often, also goes for broad comedy along with some sitcom-y shtick. Although the film has its moments and, at times, it's kind of sweet, it also misses the mark just as often.
The talented cast elevates the level of the screenplay, but they can only take it so far in first time director and co-writer Stu Zicherman's film.