Paramount Home Media Distribution has snapped-up the Film Arcade theatrical release of writer/director Stu Zicherman’s laugh-out-loud broadside at the world of divorce, A.C.O.D. — due out on DVD and Blu-ray (with UltraViolet) on Jan. 14. The ARR for this indie comedy release is 102 days and the box office tally was an under-appreciated $172,344.
If you are a fan of the ensemble work of Christopher Guest and his troop of cohorts (Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, etc.), then Zicherman’s focus here on the subject of “Adult Children of Divorce” will be very much to your liking. He even has a little troop of his own with TV’s Parks and Recreation co-stars Amy Poehler and Adam Scott in starring roles here.
Carter (Scott) doesn’t know that he has any deep-seated psychological issues stemming from the divorce of his parents (played perfectly by Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara) until everything starts to innocently unravel when he agrees to help his younger brother Trey (Clark Duke — as Marty in the two Kick-Ass films) with his spur-of-the-moment wedding (Clark Duke as a would-be groom is a visual worth the price of admission alone).
Carter’s task is to get their parents to attend — who are both now remarried — and to keep them from shedding any blood (which turns out to be the least of his worries). To help him get through this, Carter turns to his childhood therapist (a spot-on performance by Jane Lynch — Emmy and Golden Globe winner for her role in the Glee TV series) for help.
On the surface that seems like a reasonable, even thoughtful, course of action for him. After all, she helped him get though some pretty tough times as a kid. But “Dr. Judith” has a confession to make, she was never really a therapist, but was researching a self-help book on “A.C.O.D.” and, well, he’s a big part of her success (sure, she changed his name in her best-seller, but it doesn’t take long for everyone to figure out who “Rick” is) … and we are only getting warmed up!
This is easily the most over-looked comedy of 2013 … and certainly one of the funniest!!!
Bonus features include outtakes featuring Amy Poehler, a “discussion” with the cast and crew and a half-dozen A.C.O.D. public service announcements.
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