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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Sometimes you have to fall apart to put yourself back together again. Also, you can't bury the past; it will rise up every time. You have to learn to accept it and not let it define you.
Positive Role Models
Carter is a good brother and a devoted son, but he's not very introspective -- at least at first, which ends up hurting others and himself. His parents are narcissistic and childish, though all that's played for laughs.
Violence & Scariness
A mean verbal fight takes place in front of kids at a birthday party; more yelling and screaming takes place later; a house is accidentally set on fire.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man is caught having sex in the kitchen; his backside is visible. (Viewers don't see much of the woman.) Some talk of sex, but nothing extremely graphic. Another couple starts to have sex in a different kitchen, but someone walks in on them before much clothing is shed.
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Fairly frequent use of words including "f--k" and other derivatives (including "f--kface), as well as "s--t," "a--hole," "d--k," "butt," and "c--t."
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Products & Purchases
Many products/labels/brands are seen, including Google, iPhone, Costco, Apple, U-Haul, Toyota, Nissan, and more.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
An adult character is asked whether they want to get high. Social drinking. A woman is shown smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A.C.O.D. is a comedy about children who grew up with divorced parents. It definitely has bite and does deal with mature themes, specifically how kids fare when they're in a combative household that ends up in an acrimonious split. Parents bicker (and worse) in front of kids, and adults behave like children, with their kids having to clean up their messes. There's some sex talk, fooling around, and partial nudity -- a man's backside is glimpsed in the middle of what appears to be a sexual act -- as well as swearing (including "c--t" and "f--k"). Adults participate in social drinking; one smokes, and another is asked whether they want to get high. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Adam Scott can sell nearly any joke, so prodigious are his talents and attuned his comic timing; here, he's supported by a dream cast of all-stars (Jenkins, O'Hara, and Amy Poehler stand out). Scott works well in ensembles (exhibit A: TV show Parks and Recreation) and manages to tease out the humor in all possible situations, though he's a bit hampered by an overabundance of them here.
Sometimes it feels like A.C.O.D. is a sitcom translated for the big screen, with multiple characters writ large, devoid of dimension. (See: Jessica Alba as one of the A.C.O.D.s.) And funny as they may be, Carter's parents push the envelope of being abominable, so much so that you almost can't laugh at their insanity. But, as with people, few movies have no issues. A.C.O.D., thankfully, has ones we can live with.
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