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C.O.G. (2013)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 23
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: C.O.G.'s plot is a bit meandering, but the characters are always compelling and the ending is richly rewarding.

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 13
Fresh: 10
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: C.O.G.'s plot is a bit meandering, but the characters are always compelling and the ending is richly rewarding.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 4,693

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Movie Info

In the first ever film adaptation of David Sedaris' work, a cocky young man travels to Oregon to work at an apple farm. Out of his element, his lifestyle and notions are picked apart by everyone who crosses his path. (c) Official Site

Rating:
R (for language and some sexual content)
Genre:
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
David Sedaris , Kyle Patrick Alvarez
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Dec 25, 2013
Box Office:
$55.3k
Runtime:
Screen Media Ventures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for C.O.G.

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (10)

Modest and good-looking, the film starts as dark comedy and ends in pathos. Director Alvarez makes the Oregon scenery a character unto itself.

Full Review… | September 20, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Despite smatterings of wit and a stable of skilled performers, "C.O.G." struggles to find a consistent tone, its episodic structure veering from farcical to poignant to dangerously raw.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

a dramedy that keeps you guessing where the main character is going (emotionally and physically) as he drifts from one odd situation to the next.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The film features snappy, hilarious bits among the coming-of-age vignettes, but it loses momentum as it winds toward a finish. You won't grow bored with the characters, but you might check your watch a few times.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

For Sedaris fans, "C.O.G." is a regrettably patronizing washout.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

There are a few stretches in C.O.G. where the movie feels like it's dawdling, much like its protagonist. But the wonderfully sad, exhilarating ending proves this filmmaker knew exactly where he was headed the entire time.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013
Miami Herald
Top Critic

A promising sophomore effort from Easier with Practice writer/director Kyle Patrick Alvarez, and a great star turn for Jonathan Groff.

Full Review… | February 5, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

It feels deeply limited.

Full Review… | February 4, 2014
SF Weekly

It's not necessarily the events Sedaris describes that make his essays enjoyable; it's the words he uses to describe them. Without his voice, the story falls flat.

Full Review… | October 1, 2013
About.com

A coming-of age story with specific touches but a universal appeal.

Full Review… | October 1, 2013
Oregonian

The sardonic humor hits the mark more often than not, and Groff brings sympathy to an otherwise smug and pretentious character.

Full Review… | September 30, 2013
Cinemalogue.com

This America takes some getting used to.

Full Review… | September 26, 2013
East Bay Express

Everyone in this wonderful surprise is looking for a place to belong while ultimately having to look out for No. 1. And I don't mean that in the spiritual sense.

Full Review… | September 23, 2013
RedEye

I really wanted to like this film, being a fan of Sedaris' writing, of (screenwriter-director) Alvarez and of the great actors assembled here. Unfortunately, the screenplay lacks focus and is more often cruel than comedic.

Full Review… | September 21, 2013
Movie Dearest

Despite some good performances and sharp screenplay, C.O.G., like its lead character, seems stuck in the space between.

Full Review… | September 20, 2013
The Playlist

Stale, flat and unprofitable might be how Shakespeare would have also described this uninvolving David Sedaris adaptation.

Full Review… | September 20, 2013
Film Journal International

People who approach it as a film in its own right, with its own rhythms and goals and pleasures, will be amply rewarded.

Full Review… | September 20, 2013
RogerEbert.com

"C.O.G" is like a collage of Americana from the perspective of someone incapable of comprehending its value.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013
indieWIRE

Bolstered by beautiful cinematographic framing that expresses his alienation, the film strikes a fine balance between hilarity and heartbreak.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013
The Dissolve

Audience Reviews for C.O.G.

I really like Groff's, O'Hare's, and Stoll's performances as well as the film's consistent pitch black tone, I just wish that the ending wasn't so abrupt.

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Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

½

It's hard to approach a film like C.O.G. in an unbiased manner when you're a David Sedaris fan. Actually, scratch that, it's entirely impossible. When the film uses dialog straight out of the short story repeatedly--especially the wittiest and most moving sections--it honestly feels like reliving the story. This creates both positive and negative aspects for C.O.G. It's absolutely brilliant being able to put a face to the names, the dialog, the series of events, and experience the story as a film. Fans will adore it, because it's fairly impossible not to if you've read Naked. However, therein lies the downfall of C.O.G. It feels like a film that exists solely for fans who have read the story. You know exactly what's going through David's mind in certain sections of the film and it becomes clear that a lot of it will go over the heads of movie-goers expecting a witty, indie comedy. C.O.G. travels more into the black dramedy genre more than anything, and even at that, it's hard to give it much recognition as a success as a film or an adaption. Yes, it's beautifully cinematic, fantastically entertaining, and Jonathan Groff is a wholly believe and incredibly likable David Sedaris. However, when adapting anything by a profoundly intellectual writer such as Sedaris, a film is always going to pale in comparison.

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DA Zapata
DA Zapata

Super Reviewer

½

I really loved the performances by Jon Groff and Denis O'Hare. But I didnt care much for the script at times. I didnt find the beginning that believable. Here's David on the bus from Hell. Everyone who happens to sit next to him is crazy. You might get one person like that, but not like 4 people in a row.

The film had its moments. I certainly teared up when David was almost raped. I even teared up at the end when he got kicked out of Jon's truck. But for the most part, I just didnt care for the script.

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mrbicklethepickle
m h

Super Reviewer

C.O.G. Quotes


Jon:
The bible says -
Samuel:
I know what the bible says
Jon:
Well then what's your problem with it ?
Samuel:
It's poorly written
– Submitted by Maryam Z (5 months ago)
Hobbs:
You speak a little Spanish?
Samuel:
No
Hobbs:
They didn't teach you that in college ?
Samuel:
I studied Japanese
Hobbs:
What the fuck for ?!
– Submitted by Maryam Z (5 months ago)

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