“1 in 2 marriages end in divorce. This 1... was particularly [insert unpleasant descriptors ranging from ugly to sh**ty].” And so begins “A.C.O.D.” or “Adult Children of Divorce”, a comedic vehicle packed to clown car-esque proportions with ha-ha inducing talent, which is deftly driven by Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation”). "A.C.O.D." continues its expansion to additional theaters on Oct. 18.
Scott’s Carter is one of the titular A.C.O.D.s, he’s a people pleaser and living under the assumption that he’s well-adjusted despite his parent’s tumultuous relationship and even more ghastly divorce. That is until his younger brother, Trey (Clark Duke) gets engaged and asks Carter to foster a truce between their parents long enough for him to get married and have them both attend. Unfortunately for Carter, his parents Hugh (Richard Jenkins) and Melissa (Catherine O’Hara), may be the most vehement divorced couple ever.
Through coercion he manages to convince his parents to attend the wedding together, but almost as soon as that task is completed the pair of them start to overwhelm him, and he comes to realize that he may not have come out as unscathed as he thought. This revelation prompts him to seek out his childhood therapist (Jane Lynch) for advice on how to manage the situation.
While the ensuing chaos and end game are ultimately predictable, the players involved don’t miss any laughs along the way. Adam Scott pulls off neurotic-cool incredibly well, while O’Hara and Jenkins have the perfect charged chemistry to spit believable and entertaining venom at one another. Jane Lynch brings her exceptional timing and ability to make just about anything amusing to the wacky Dr. Judith, and Amy Poehler rounds things out exceptionally well as Sondra, Hugh’s third wife--who incidentally is the same age as Carter, but with all the trappings of snobbery. Fans of “Parks and Recreation” will be fascinated to see Scott and Poehler playing off of each other which such aggressive dislike--their on-screen chemistry wins out as much with hostility as it does with romance.
As transparent as “A.C.O.D.” is in many respects, it is a refreshing comedy in terms of its scope and focus. The who’s who of comedy veterans clearly had an incredible time working on the project, which takes a brazen and honest look at the reality of a great many people’s childhood memories and has fun with the painfully awkward situations that can arise as a result. A.C.O.D.’s in particular should enjoy watching everything unfold from afar in this surprisingly lighthearted and charming comedy.