With its Gen X perspective on family dysfunction and a cast of ace comedic actors, "A.C.O.D." — short for "adult child of divorce" — looks primed for a trip through sharply observed comic territory. But even with
Scott plays Carter, a mildly R-rated version of his nice-guy character on "Parks and Recreation." A successful restaurateur with a longtime girlfriend (
Stu Zicherman's first feature, based on a screenplay he wrote with Ben Karlin, taps into a potential mother lode of angsty laughs. Carter is part of the "least-parented generation," according to the quasi-therapist (Lynch) who helped him through his parents' breakup. A researcher who spun her interviews with kids into a bestseller, she's now working on a 20-year follow-up, as intrusively as possible.
Solid performances aside, closing-credits comments from the movie's crew members on marriage and divorce offer fresher insights than any of the story's run-of-the-mill shenanigans.
"A.C.O.D." Rated R for language and brief sexual content. Running time: 1 hour, 27 minutes. At the Landmark, West Los Angeles.