For a “romantic comedy,” this cavalcade of hurt feelings is unexpectedly sardonic. Boyish-faced thirtysomething Carter (Adam Scott), who carries hurt feelings from a childhood spent with parents (Richard Jenkins, Catherine O’Hara) who hated each other, must now try to reconcile them for the wedding celebration of his brother (Clark Duke). Jenkins and O’Hara are spectacularly aggravating as the selfish parents, likewise Amy Poehler as Dad’s horrid new wife and the dependable Jane Lynch as a manipulative child psychologist. They heap such a load of abuse and humiliation on the hapless Carter that we’re surprised he doesn’t melt before our eyes. Stuart Zicherman directs, from a screenplay he wrote with fellow TV refugee Ben Karlin. The title stands for: Adult Children of Divorce. Skip the popcorn – bring an anti-depressant (87 min.).
Director: Stuart Zicherman
Producer: Teddy Schwarzman, Ben Karlin, Tim Perell, Adam Scott and George Paaswell
Cast: Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O'Hara, Amy Poehler, Mary Winstead, Clark Duke, Ken Howard, Jane Lynch, Jessica Alba, Adam Pally, Valerie Tian and Steve Coulter