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Perfectly pleasant yet never particularly engaging, Adult Beginners is a mild middle-of-the-road comedy content to coast on the charms of its talented cast.
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A satisfying enough slice of semi-content suburban life ...
Adult Beginners is a darkly funny indie film about family and second chances.
Adult Beginners has no agenda for subtlety.
"Adult Beginners" is one of those agreeable small-scale movies that doesn't seem particularly ambitious; its only goal is to charm, and it does so, irresistibly.
"Adult Beginners" doesn't reinvent the comeuppance comedy, and it's a better movie because of it.
"Adult Beginners" has enough going on to work as a mostly unchallenging time-passer, and nothing more.
Adult Beginners feels too stabilized and mild-mannered to warrant more than a sick-day rental.
There are plenty of crowd-pleasing moments, but it lacks the gut-punch to bring home the dramatic beats.
I have not seen many sibling comedy-dramas that managed to effectively capture the honesty of that kinship but Adult Beginners comes pretty close.
Kroll ... [gives] Nick enough humanity to make his character arc watchable and even moving.
[Nick] Kroll at least shows he can stay afloat as a comedy's lead actor; now he just needs to take the plunge and be funny, as well.
Adult Beginners is so middle of the road it's hard to pick on it. It's proficient enough to avoid scathing criticism, but it's not good enough to inspire passion.
Since leaving his beloved "Kroll Show" Nick Kroll has been striving to show critics and fans alike that he is more than just a character actor. Between his show, his other show "The League," and some indie faire in the past, Kroll is fast becoming a household name and one to watch. Kroll actually helped write the original story for this film, executive produced it, and stars, which is complemented with a stellar cast and some dark comedy.
A very good film that tells how a fall from grace can help you learn what is really important in life.
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