ACOD 2013

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Writer Stuart Zicherman’s only film as a director was barely seen in cinemas, but may well build up a cult following on instant; it’s a comedy drama with a high-visibility cast and a decent premise. Restaurant owner Carter (Adam Scott) has parent issues; Lothario dad Hugh (Richard Jenkins), unbalanced mother Melissa (Catherine O’Hara) and a weak romantic relationship with Lauren (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) as a result. His dad’s new wife Sondra (Amy Poehler) owns the building that Carter’s restaurant is in, and his therapist (Jane Lynch) wants to write a book about his issues. The acronym of ACOD refers to Adult Children of Divorce, and Zicherman’s script, co-written with Ben Karlin, explores family issues with some skill, helped by an empathetic performance by Scott. Zicherman previously wrote the woeful superhero spin-off Elektra, but redeems himself with this sprightly, low-key comedy, which has enough nous about modern families to explain how a cast of this calibre were assembled. And Scott and Poehler’s neat take on Hart to Hart is also recommended viewing. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddOWdulCerQ&feature=youtu.be)

http://www.amazon.com/C-O-D-HD-Adam-Scott/dp/B00GTAVDZ6/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&ie=UTF8&qid=1394619553&sr=1-1&keywords=acod

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