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A.C.O.D. Review

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  • 3.0

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Variety Geoff Berkshire

    The ensemble’s crack comic timing can only go so far to compensate for uneven scripting.

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  • 50

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    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    Despite an excellent ensemble cast of comedic treasures as well as veterans of drama taking a walk down a lighter aisle, A.C.O.D (i.e. Adult Children of Divorce) delivers only a few sporadic chuckles amidst a slew of clunky scenes.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    A.C.O.D. ultimately suffers from a rare affliction: an overkill of editing. Whole scenes—especially the farcical finale—peter out just at the simmering point.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A spotty comedy with a great cast and a catchy title that falls apart in the final third.

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    Funny but less successful as comedy than as a cry of you-screwed-us-up solidarity.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Adam Scott has a controlled, almost overly impeccable charisma. Handsome, with small precise facial features, he has a witty, hiply downcast delivery that, on screen, can make him seem like a unit unto himself.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Mature farce about divorce has some hilarious bits.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that A.C.O.D. is a comedy about children who grew up with divorced parents. It definitely has bite and does deal with mature themes, specifically how kids fare when they're in a combative household that ends up in an acrimonious split. Parents bicker (and worse) in front of kids, and adults behave like children, with their kids having to clean up their messes. There's some sex talk, fooling around, and partial nudity -- a man's backside is glimpsed in the middle of what appears to be a sexual act -- as well as swearing (including "c--t" and "f--k"). Adults participate in social drinking; one smokes, and another is asked whether they want to get high.

  • Families can talk about A.C.O.D.'s take on divorce and how it impacts both children and adults. Does it seem realistic?

  • How does the movie compare to past cinematic takes on broken marriages and their effect on kids? Does the movie show any alternatives to an acrimonious divorce?

  • How does the movie depict sex? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values on this subject.

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: Sometimes you have to fall apart to put yourself back together again. Also, you can't bury the past; it will rise up every time. You have to learn to accept it and not let it define you.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Carter is a good brother and a devoted son, but he's not very introspective -- at least at first, which ends up hurting others and himself. His parents are narcissistic and childish, though all that's played for laughs.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A mean verbal fight takes place in front of kids at a birthday party; more yelling and screaming takes place later; a house is accidentally set on fire.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A man is caught having sex in the kitchen; his backside is visible. (Viewers don't see much of the woman.) Some talk of sex, but nothing extremely graphic. Another couple starts to have sex in a different kitchen, but someone walks in on them before much clothing is shed.

  • language false4

    Language: Fairly frequent use of words including "f--k" and other derivatives (including "f--kface), as well as "s--t," "a--hole," "d--k," "butt," and "c--t."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Many products/labels/brands are seen, including Google, iPhone, Costco, Apple, U-Haul, Toyota, Nissan, and more.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: An adult character is asked whether they want to get high. Social drinking. A woman is shown smoking.