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'Adult Beginners' comically eases into family life's darker side
'Adult Beginners' comically eases into family life's darker side

"Adult Beginners," starring Rose Byrne, Nick Kroll and Bobby Cannavale, is the kind of comedy that goes down easy even as it looks at the hard stuff. In this case, director Ross Katz is concerned with life's stress fractures and the difficulties of dealing with grown-up siblings who haven't exactly grown up. The film comes by its funny dark side honestly. Consider its screenwriting troika: Kroll, who has a busy career being droll in his stand-up, on NBC's "Parks and Recreation" and his own sketch comedy shows; Liz Flahive, a playwright involved in the dark irony of Showtime's brilliant "Nurse Jackie" as an executive producer; and Jeff...

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