Friday, October 18, 2013
Some films seem to have all the right ingredients and yet the total doesn't quite measure up to the sum of the parts. And that's the case here with this comedy about the adult children of divorce (i.e. A.C.O.D.) Adam Scott plays one such emotionally scarred child of the Big D. Though he doesn't seem damaged, at least at face value. He has a good job and a good relationship with his brother and his girlfriend of four years (played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead). He just doesn't want to get married because of the failure of his parents (played by Richard Jenkins and Catherine O'Hara). The great cast also includes Amy Poehler, Jane Lynch, and Jessica Alba. Plus the film is both shot and acted well. But instead of jumping out of its comfort zone it just kind of lays there, inside the box. There aren't any big laughs to be had, but rather a few giggles here and there. It's still kind of likeable, but just not nearly as good as you'd expect and not worth going out of your way to see it. In that respect it reminds me of 'Our Idiot Brother'. (Who remembers that Paul Rudd led dysfunctional family dramedy from two years ago?) This one's better to catch in a few months on Video on Demand when you're looking for something light and have already seen all the better options.