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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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It’s likely that you’ve been taught all your life that nothing good could come of bringing the girl who gives you lap dances home and setting her up as the nanny of your child, but the debut feature from writer/director Jill Soloway, Afternoon Delight, seems to make a case for the opposite being true. In it the hilarious Kathryn Hahn plays a housewife who is dissatisfied with her sex life—probably because her husband is played by professional drip, Josh Radnor—so she decides to make an evening trip to the local strip club in order to spice things up. While there she receives a lap dance from a troubled youth played by Juno Temple, and quite unexpectedly the two get thrust into a relationship soon after. In addition to being a comedy of manners wherein a “full-service sex worker” moves into a relatively well-adjusted home, Afternoon Delight also appears to sprinkle in quite a few bits of dramatic intrigue via the Hahn character’s marital woes and the Temple character’s troubled past. Plus, it gives Jane Lynch a prominent role and profits off of letting her do that thing she does, as well. But, honestly, everyone was probably already sold at Juno Temple giving Kathryn Hahn a lap dance, so let’s stop the jibber-jabber and just take a look at what the trailer has to offer.

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Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph is a nice trip down memory lane. During a packed screening for the film I could hear whispers and gasps, and I saw audience members pointing to the screen in awe and excitement of seeing their favorite video game characters. They were swept up, maybe even more so than the children in the audience. That doesn’t mean it won’t win over kids, however, because the movie is more than an empty piece of nostalgia. Case in point: the big gamble that starts the film. The opening animated short, “The Paperman,” is a beautiful black-and-white silent love story. Right after it ends, the daunting question becomes, “How is Wreck-It Ralph going to top that?” Director Rich Moore (Futurama) instantly responds, giving the audience an equally charming experience. Ralph (John C. Reilly) is your typical working stiff. For almost 30 years, he has served his sole purpose of smashing. Ralph is a wonderful video game villain, but his work has always been overshadowed by the game’s hero, Fix-It Felix Jr. (Jack McBrayer). With the arcade game’s 30th anniversary coming up, Ralph has hit an existential crisis. He is tired of playing the bad guy. After facing the rejection from the game’s anniversary party, Ralph sets out to become the hero. Since his own game won’t allow him to do that, he decides to jump to a different game.

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As it turns out, the ghosts from Pac-Man and Zangief from Street Fighter are part of an Anonymous support group and help each other through the hard times of being the villain. It’s a thankless job, one that often sees you spinning inward into a single pixel or exploding with only coins left to mark your memory. It’s that kind of world building that can be expected from Disney‘s Wreck-It Ralph. The first trailer of the animated flick that stars the vocal talents of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch proves that the imaginations at work here filled up the studio. It seems like more than a standard story of a man trying to find his way in the world, although that’s definitely the framework; Ralph escapes his game and tries out all sorts of others. Beyond that, there’s a sense of wacky playfulness going on. It’s a universe of video game characters, and director Rich Moore and company seem to have had a hell of a fun time with it. Check out the trailer for yourself:

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The Three Stooges has been a passion project for the Farrelly brothers for almost a decade. From swapping studios to switching up actors, the project has gone through plenty of ups and downs, and it seemed as though it would never make it to the screen. After a few revisions and dedication, Bob and Peter Farrelly‘s modern day take on The Three Stooges finally got off the ground. According to Peter Farrelly, only the film’s environment is “modern.” Instead of going with satire or irony, the Farrelly’s wanted to stick with and respect the old-fashioned physical comedy the Stooges are famous for. Yes, there is a Jersey Shore gag (something I’m guessing wasn’t in the original Stooges’ work), but the Farrelly’s set out to recreate the spirit and charm of The Three Stooges. Here’s what Peter Farrelly had to say about receiving the PG rating, writing oblivious but lovable characters, bringing the Stooges back to life, and how Wes Anderson inadvertently helped save There’s Something About Mary:

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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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While I am not entirely sure that fans of animation and puppets and joy and wonder and childhood dreams need yet another reason to check out The Muppets when it opens over Thanksgiving weekend, Disney and Pixar are not taking any chances, loading up the fleecy feel-good film of the holidays with an extra gift – a new Pixar short. But it’s not just any new Pixar short, it’s a Toy Story short. Small Fry returns us to a post-Toy Story 3 world, with (spoiler alert if for some horrific reason you’ve yet to see the third film, you cold-hearted bastard) all the toys happily living out a play-filled existence with wee lass Bonnie. Ever equal when it comes to said play time, Small Fry opens with Bonnie and her mom going on a fast food-outing, accompanied by both Buzz and Rex. But a tiny little tyrant capitalizes on some ball-room confusion, usurping Buzz’s place in Bonnie’s backpack and leaving ol’ Lightyear to fend for himself. Happy Meal toys will never look the same after you see Small Fry. Angus MacLane (who previously contributed to the Burn-E short) directs the film, which features voice work from Pixar director Teddy Newton as the bite-sized Buzz and Jane Lynch as newcomer Neptuna, along with the whole rest of the recognizable Toy Story gang, including Tim Allen, Tom Hanks, John Ratzenberger, and Joan Cusack. After the break, sate your appetite for delicious new Toy Story fare and check out larger versions of two new […]

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Yup, it’s that time of the year again. That time of the year where we TV folk bitch and moan about what shows won’t be getting some golden Emmy love because the Academy is full of old people who think basic cable is what holds up the Brooklyn Bridge, which they also saw get built… I think… That said, this year’s Emmy Nominations are no more surprising than they were last year. Mad Men leads in the scripted drama series dept with nineteen nominations, but more interestingly, the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce leads the overall with twenty one nominations. Before we get and further into this, let’s check out some of the shows that didn’t get nominated for anything in either overall, acting or technical categories (not that any of this matters, like usual).

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Seeing as it was on the Starz network and only lasted for two seasons, there are probably a lot of people out there who haven’t heard of the TV show Party Down. But seeing as it was one of the best shows on recent television, there are also a lot of people who hold it very dear to their hearts. That tends to happen when something is good, and kept away from the mainstream, and ended prematurely. Traditionally, a TV show reaching cult status has always been a good recipe for strong DVD sales, and then talks of a film adaptation. Shows like Arrested Development and even Party Down creator Rob Thomas’ Veronica Mars have gone through the same process. Also traditionally, despite the fact that the DVD sales raise a lot of studio eyebrows, the film version never comes to fruition. Could Party Down change all of that? Probably not, but they’re going to try.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly thing about movie stuff. Tonight’s edition features mini-ninjas, talk about naked pictures of Blake Lively, Sly Stallone set to music, an explanation of who Jane Lynch is, a joke about Michael Bay, an even less funny joke about Blake Lively and a profile of Richard Ayoade. That and more, we assure you. Above you will see something I never thought we’d lead with in a Movie News After Dark entry: someone’s grave stone. But there it is, the resting place of actor Leslie Nielsen. Modest, simple and complete with one last fart joke for the road. Nielsen may not have lasted forever, but his penchant for the fart joke will forever stay in our hearts.

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What is Movie News After Dark? Tonight it’s a movie news column stunned by its author’s ability to find all that is cool and interesting in the world of film. Seriously, this might be the best one of these lot that he’s put together in over 150 tries. It’s almost as if he’s ready to graduate to a “mediocre” rating as a news aggregator. Then he can begin acquiring spells and executing more advanced quests before he can join a proper guild and go on raids. Gore Verbinski may finally have found his Lone Ranger in the form of The Social Network star Armie Hammer. He is currently in talks to take the lead alongside Johnny Depp, who’s already been cast as Tonto. He’s got the look (and damn, the voice as well), but the challenge for Hammer will be the fact that there’s only one character to play in the film. Unless Verbinski carries over the “multiple Jack Sparrow” sequences from his Pirates of the Caribbean work.

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr starts a new regimen of drugs that comes in a clear little pill. The guy on the street corner told him that it would unlock the full potential of his mind, and he assured Kevin it was FDA approved. Why would this guy lie to him? While waiting for the drugs to kick in, Kevin decided to take a trip across the American southwest and search for skinny little aliens with fat man voices. He knows he’s safe, even if he’s picked up by the cops, because he’s retained a dead-sexy lawyer who runs his practice out of the back of his Lincoln Town Car.

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Party Down

When only 74,000 people watch your second season finale, you can’t exactly count on being renewed. Such is the case for the creators of Party Down, the latest in a long line of great comedy shows canceled before they were able to reach their prime. After two gloriously offbeat seasons, Starz has decided not to renew the Adam Scott and Ken Marino-led show. And while it disappoints me, as a fan of the show, to see it go, it’s clear that this was the inevitable endgame.

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Glee: Funk

Yeah, yeah. I know it’s been a few weeks since I’ve mustered up the energy to review an episode of Glee. But something must be done. This week’s episode, unlike the two fabulous, glamorous and energetic episodes that preceded it, was more than just a small disappointment.

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This should have been the episode where Glee jumped the shark, at least commercially. Of course, in true form, Ryan Murphy and team take something obviously dangerous and turn it into something creative, inventive and fun.

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Glee

Where do you go when everything works out? What happens to the hero and his damsel after that glorious last kiss? These are the questions that Executive Producer Ryan Murphy and the creative team behind Glee were faced with when their first season went to break after New Directions won sectionals and coach Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) finally got the girl. It is a task that they’ve hit head-on in the energetic and blissfully self-aware opening episode to the second half of their first season.

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Sometimes, there is work to be done. And sometimes, the world needs a hero. That work is science, and I am the world’s hero. This week I watch the first season of Glee in one sitting, and live to tell the tale.

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This week, the Fox TV show Glee (a show I’ve never watched a minute of) hit your local retailers with the first part of its first season on DVD. And while I’m not too sure about the show, I am sure about the hilarity created by Jane Lynch.

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The insanity of writer/actor Ari Gold collides with the awesomeness of the Air Guitar World Championship. How can this possibly go wrong?

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Kevin Carr breaks down the week’s releases, looking at Inglourious Basterds, Shorts, and Post Grad.

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