Your first question about Stuart Zicherman’s A.C.O.D. will be in reference to what the title stands for; that’s ‘adult child of divorce,’ and it happens to be the film’s primary conceit. Zicherman’s film follows the travails of Carter (Adam Scott), the A.C.O.D. of the title, as he balances the struggles of dealing with his two sparring parents (Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara) amid the impending nuptials of his younger brother, Trey (Clark Duke). As if divorce wasn’t a bitter enough pill to swallow in the first place.
Your next question may then be about how anyone can wring laughs from the end of a marriage, but divorce comedy has been a longstanding tradition in the movies for decades – choose from contemporary movies like Liar, Liar or classics like Divorce, Italian Style – so Zicherman hasn’t broken any new ground here. Instead, what he appears to have done is assemble a great cast and given them funny, resonant material to work with; reactions at this year’s Sundance were largely positive, so the film is already off to a good start.
More than anything, though, A.C.O.D. looks like a great vehicle for star Adam Scott, best known as one of the principal players on the fantastic Parks and Recreation. Scott, of course, has appeared in any number of projects, including numerous comedies (notably Party Down) and even the odd horror film (2010’s Piranha 3D), so he’s already demonstrated his chops as a leading man. However, A.C.O.D. puts him front and center of the story more so than any other comedy he has been featured in, and that’s reason enough to get excited.
Then there’s the rest of the ensemble. Jenkins and O’Hara alone are gold, but they’re joined by Jane Lynch (Glee) and Amy Poehler, here playing Jenkins’ new wife and supplying some awkward moments with Scott (awkward, at least, if you’re a Parks and Rec fan), as well as Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four), Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World). That’s a well-rounded group, though the trailer makes it look like the ridiculously talented supporting cast might steal a bit of Scott’s thunder.
What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Does the trailer pique your interest? Let us know in the comments.
A.C.O.D. doesn’t yet have a release date, so stay tuned to Screen Rant as more information becomes available.
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