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MOVIE REVIEW

Parents say the darnedest things in ‘A.C.O.D.’

The title of “A.C.O.D.” stands for “Adult Children of Divorce,” apparently a subject that director and co-writer Stu Zicherman knows all too well. He also, thankfully, has enough distance on it to keep his movie lightly knowing and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny while acknowledging the real pain a grown man can experience when dealing with parents who act like squabbling children.

Adam Scott, that ubiquitous human cartoon of a leading man (“Friends With Children,” TV’s “Parks and Recreation”), stars as Carter, a successful Atlanta restaurateur whose childhood traumas surrounding his parents’ bitter divorce are behind him. He thinks. When younger brother Trey (Clark Duke) gets engaged to his girlfriend (Valerie Tian), Carter has to man up and convince dad Hugh (Richard Jenkins) and mom Melissa (Catherine O’Hara) to both attend the ceremony.

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