Good movie! I went into this film with an open mind. I enjoyed the film as both a comedy and a drama. In this film, you see revealed some painful truths about human nature and complex family relationships--always with humor and compassion.
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.
The main character Carter (Adam Scott) runs a successful restaurant, has a loving girlfriend (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and hardly has to bother with his parents, Hugh (Richard Jenkins) and Melissa (Catherine O'Hara), anymore. He thinks of himself as a well-adjusted adult, and that's why he is helping his younger brother Trey (Clark Duke) to organize a surprise wedding trying to get both his parents to attend it, a feat at which Carter succeeds all too well once the respectively remarried Mom and Dad begin to hit it off behind their spouses' backs.
If we go into details and analyse Zicherman's work, it was very solid providing plenty of awkward laughs. It is well adjusted American farce. This is recommended for everyone who likes remarkably sharp look at family dysfunction and its repercussions over the years, of course with some funny moments during the 87 minutes presentation.
Unfortunately, most of the comedic value comes from Jenkins and O'Hara. For some reason, Jenkins seems to be in the same role over the past few flicks. The father figure with a crazy side is turning into his niche. Scott does an all right job carrying the movie with an interesting take on adults who grew up with divorced parents, but the movie flip flops into comedy and drama territory too often.
Winstead has come on strong recently, but she wasn't given enough to do and Poehler was amazingly quiet. Lynch was more of a bystander and instead of her parts being funny, she came off more obnoxious. The real goofs came from jenkins and O'Hara hacking it up together on screen.
Maybe I didn't connect with the plot as much as others because I didn't grow up in a split house, but there wasn't enough to make me feel included.
Adam Scott is the best part about this film, and if you're a fan of his work in Parks and Recreation, you need to see this. He has an uncanny ability to be humorous, charming, and vulnerable all at the same time. Given some better material, I think we could have seen something truly amazing here.
But his supporting cast aren't slouches themselves. From Richard Jenkins and Catherine O'Hara's constantly bickering parents to Amy Poehler and Ken Howard's eccentric step-parents to Jane Lynch as the unqualified psychologist to Clark Duke as Scott's newly engaged brother, every character shines in this film. And I have to give a specific shout out to Mary Elizabeth Winstead who brings so much passion to every role that she is irresistible in everything she does (and if you haven't seen her in Smashed, what are you doing with your life?).
There's not much here that you won't see coming or haven't seen before, but A.C.O.D. is a joyful look at a very serious subject matter. I'm sure there still needs to be a serious look into these characters, but A.C.O.D. is just the kind of light-hearted distraction many of us love from our movies. Especially if you admire Adam Scott, or the always wonderful Mary Elizabeth Winstead, you'll want to check out A.C.O.D.