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Editor’s note: Allison’s review of A.C.O.D. originally ran during this year’s Sundance Film Festival, but we’re re-running it now as the film opens in limited release. According to Carter (Adam Scott), his parents were “married for nine years, but feels like they have been at war for a hundred.” Growing up in the crossfire of his parent’s epic fights and manipulations, it is surprising to discover Carter is now a well-adjusted adult in a healthy relationship of his own, despite being an A.C.O.D. (Adult Child of Divorce.) But when Carter’s younger brother, Trey (Clark Duke), proposes to his girlfriend after only four months of dating, Carter’s issues with relationships, marriage, and (most importantly) his parents, start to come out.

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For those of us who’d like to see Adam Scott get more starring roles, A.C.O.D. is a truly blessed thing. It’s got Scott in a lead role and a long list of talented names (including Richard Jenkins, Amy Poehler, Jane Lynch, Jessica Alba, Catherine O’Hara) in the supporting cast. But most important of all, it looks warm and inviting and chock full of laughs. Scott plays Carter, an A.C.O.D. (Adult Child of Divorce) who has managed to put his messy childhood behind him and lead a relatively stable life. But when his brother (Clark Duke) decides to get married, Carter has to reunite his family and unleash years of pent-up, awkward hostility. Check out the trailer below, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies.

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A.C.O.D. is a comedy starring Adam Scott and directed by Stu Zicherman that’s been in the works for a while now. Not much has been reported about it other than a smattering of casting news and the fact that the acronym in the title stands for “Adult Children of Divorce,” however. The conceit of the film is that Scott plays an adult who discovers that he took part in a study about children of divorce many years ago. When he enters into a follow-up study that looks at the sort of adults these children of broken homes have become, that’s when the drama/funny starts. Despite the fact that A.C.O.D. has flown under the radar so far, this is a movie that we’re probably going to be hearing a lot more about soon, because today Deadline Newton broke some big news about new casting. It seems that Scott’s co-star and onscreen love interest on the delightful NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, Amy Poehler, has agreed to come on board and play his love interest once again, this time on the big screen. Poehler’s character is Scott’s current wife, and apparently she has quite the rivalry going with his ex-wife, who is played by Catherine O’Hara.

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The mockumentary is a relatively recent genre of storytelling whose origins are probably as recent as the last hundred years. And that’s including all stories that could be considered mockumentaries by stretching the definition. The actual term, “mockumentary,” is even newer. By some accounts it first came into use when Rob Reiner used it to describe his 1984 cult classic This is Spinal Tap. Adding a word to the lexicon could be seen as a pretty big accomplishment for a goofy comedy, but, despite its subject matter, the legacy of this film shouldn’t be downplayed. Few movies live on as long and remain as popular as Spinal Tap has. Every few years a new generation of college kids discover this thing, and its legend just keeps growing. Far from being an originator, A Mighty Wind is a later film from the crew of mockumentarians led by Christopher Guest. And despite the fact that it’s full of a lot of good work, it often gets a bad rap. Guest and crew’s previous efforts, Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show, were so ridiculously funny that A Mighty Wind gets unfairly judged in comparison. And that’s unfortunate for a couple reasons. For one, those first two Guest-directed mockumentaries were such a high water mark for the genre that it was probably unfair to expect them to keep producing at such a level. And secondly, A Mighty Wind goes for funny a bit less that its predecessors, and plays a bit more in […]

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr grades four new films: Get Him to the Greek, Splice, Marmaduke and Killers.

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Where the Wild Things Are is beautiful, successful in its task, and moving. But you might not like it. It’s darker than it is whimsical, sadder than it is sweet.

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