A.C.O.D. (Paramount, 2013) D: Stu Zicherman, w/ Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins. Rating: NN; Blu-ray package: NN Rating: NN
There's lots of fine comic talent at work here, and a generally lively tone, but A.C.O.D. earns only weak laughs and in the end ditches funny for warm-hearted.
The title's acronym stands for Adult Children Of Divorce, and Carter (Adam Scott) is one such. His parents (Richard Jenkins and Catherine O'Hara) split when he was nine, and now, 20 years later, they still hate each other. Outwardly successful Carter is in fact a repressed bundle of nerves that begin to fray when he's tasked with persuading both parents to attend his younger brother's wedding.
Scott does droll frustration but never gets the chance to explode, unlike Jenkins and O'Hara, who together can go from chilly politeness to flat-out screaming in seconds.
In a post-screening Q&A, the cast and crew talk about liking comedy that's rooted in real pain. The rest of the extras consist of more very low-key comedy.
EXTRAS Cast and crew Q&A, Amy Poehler outtakes, Jane Lynch monologue, five mock public service announcements. English, French, Spanish audio and subtitles.