Comedies are probably one of the most difficult genres to get right. There are so many variables to make them work you can never please everyone. That’s also what makes them so unique since filmmakers are allowed to cross genres with the romantic comedy being the most popular. The latest A.C.O.D. sports a great cast including Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O’Hara, Amy Poehler, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clark Duke, Jessica Alba, and Jane Lynch but does it bring something new to the genre or is it just another generic entry?
A.C.O.D follows a seemingly well-adjusted Adult Child of Divorce who is forced to revisit the chaos of his parent’s bitter divorce all over again after his younger brother decides to get married. This is one of those films that isn’t full of tons of belly laughs, but instead they take a more subtle approach and combine the romantic comedy with a bit of drama to try and create something different. Thanks to the strong cast it works pretty well despite still feeling a bit generic. Adam Scott is one of those actors that bring a dry delivery to his roles that typically work great and he is perfect for this character. Despite being the lead in the film it’s Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara who steal the show. They are both always great, but their crazed relationship and the directions they go with make for some funny moments. Although she isn’t in the film all that much, Jane Lynch brings another great character to life. She is a bit subdued but her seemingly careless attitude makes it work all that much better. As this film moves forward the story you think you were going to get takes some new ending with a bit more meat to it than you might expect.
This isn’t breaking any boundaries in the comedy genre, but is one that thanks to this cast delivers something that entertains. It’s also an interesting dynamic to see Scott and Poehler who play married in Parks and Recreation at odds in this film. If you like any of this cast and how can you not or have your own dysfunctional family issues, then give this film a try.