A.C.O.D. – 3 out of 5
When I first head the title for this film, my initial reaction was something like, “I’m assuming the ‘C.O.D.’ part means ‘Call of Duty,’ but what does the ‘A’ part stand for?” When I learned it meant, “Adult Children of Divorce,” my initial reaction to this was probably a laughed because I’m an adult and my parents got divorce when I was a kid. I turned out fine—my 5 ex-wives would agree with me. Man Alive, how can you make a comedy based on that?
|By adding a little spice called Jane Lynch!|
Carter (Adam Scott) likes to think of himself as a well adjusted and professional adult…despite the fact he’s an Adult Child of Divorce! (Add some "Dun Dun Dunnn!" music when you read that part) After his younger brother Trey (Clark Duke) gets engaged, he sets himself up to help get the wedding together and, more importantly, somehow get his father (Richard Jenkins) and his mother (Catherine O’Hara) to the celebration. Sadly, while all this is going on, he learns that, as a child, he was part of a study that tried to determine the emotional impact divorce has on a child and, after reaching out to the researcher Dr. Judith (Jane Lynch), accidentally inspires her to write a follow-up book that details how they turned out as adults. This, ultimately, forces Carter to come to terms with the real results his parents splitting apart had on him.
|"Can you hear me now--"OW! I actually just punched myself in the face|
for making that outdated reference.
Let’s make this short and sweet…A.C.O.D. is okay.
|Bookstores...where you can literally read the entire book without buying it|
and the employees don't give a shit.
Alright, have a good one.
|Now, let's go burn some shit.|
Eh…maybe I should elaborate a little.
|"Have you ever seen a twenty dollar bill...on weed?"|
|Tying a hanker chief around your neck is only necessary if|
you are robbing a stagecoach later.
|The movie has Amy Poehler in it and they barely utilize her. That's practically|
I won’t blame the actors, however. I think blame lies in the script and the story. Even though the characters seem interesting and they each provide potential for hilarity (especially the interactions between Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara—their scenes together are truly hysterical), the story just didn’t set up enough situations that could end in laughs…in fact, most of the story seems set up for drama and not comedy…however, even then, the drama just didn't prove to be that interesting to me.
|But seriously, my favorite moments in this film involved these two national treasures.|
A.C.O.D. isn’t an awful movie, it just wasn’t that great of a comedy. While I did laugh during it and thought the film, overall, was decent, it just wasn’t as good as I expected it to be thanks to expectations that were in place because of its terrific cast.