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Review: 'Adult Beginners'

Review: 'Adult Beginners'

With an awful lot of American indies, there appears to be some sort of self-regulation in place preventing any serious highs or lows, any stylistic risks or surprises. Even if the scripts juggle comedy and drama in quick succession, it's as if they're under the influence of mood stabilizers. The quirk's the thing, but too often it's well-acted, neatly scripted quirk in search of some flesh and blood. Some of those indies made for decent company anyway, usually because of who's on screen. Though not a family film in the "Ice Age 3" sense, the new comedy "Adult Beginners" has a familial vibe. The writers, Jeff Cox and Liz Flahive, are married;...

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