Adult Beginners


Action / Comedy / Drama


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Rose Byrne as Justine
Jane Krakowski as Miss Jenn
Josh Charles as Phil
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749.01 MB
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1hr 32 min
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23.976 fps
1hr 32 min
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Reviewed by Andrew Gold 6 / 10

Well-acted and thoughtful storytelling, but a lazy third act that leaves you feeling hollow.

I really enjoyed Adult Beginners for about the first hour. I was surprised at its score and reception because it was one of the more realistic dramedies about family life and adulthood I've seen in recent memory. The characters felt real, the chemistry was phenomenal, I cared about what was happening, and it was nice to see Nick Kroll playing the straight everyman for once. As great as Kroll was, he didn't quite carry the movie as much as the supporting cast did. Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale are fantastic as Kroll's sister and her husband (and their chemistry is palpable, given they're a couple in real life), and they play off Kroll's deadpan humor with sincerity and ease. It was great to see Kroll's character having to redo his entire life, then crashing his sister's place and having to adjust to this family-centered lifestyle. It was honest and heartfelt, and there are moments between Kroll and Cannavale (who plays the brother-in-law) that are genuinely deep and thought provoking. I wanted more of that.

The humor is intermittent. It's not really a laugh-out-loud comedy despite what you might think with this cast. It's far more subdued and dramatic than a typical Nick Kroll vehicle, and it worked. For a while, anyway. The last 30 minutes of this movie felt like the writers tried to tie the movie up in a pretty pink bow as quickly as possible and call it a day. It was so rushed and half-hearted, leaving interesting subplots by the wayside and throwing this faux happily-ever-after ending that completely detracts from the overall tone. Everything is well-paced and subtle before then, taking you along for the ride and keeping you strapped in for every awkward situation or heartfelt moment, but the ending makes it all for nothing. It's like, "That's it? What happened to everything else I just saw?" The authenticity went out the window.

Having said that, Adult Beginners is very relatable. These feel like real people going through real life crises, and each of the main characters have depth and character flaws that you want to be explored. Some of them are, some aren't. Overall though, I enjoyed this movie for what it was, and if you don't mind a lame ending, I think it's definitely worth a watch.

Reviewed by ApproximatelyHandsome 5 / 10

Adult Beginners

I genuinely enjoy these types of quiet, personal-redemption indie movies (like "Just Before I Go" and "Happy Christmas"), who are typically filled with talented television actors wanting to expand into cinema. The difference however, is that this one just doesn't seem to have a story to tell: The main character is inconsistently developed and, as he's played by the eternally unlikable Nick Kroll (who is snarky best-friend-character caliber at best, not leading man material), never commands respect or sympathy from the audience. He's surrounded by typically likable actors like Rose Byrne, Bobby Canavale and Joel McHale, who are all sucked into Kroll's obnoxious orbit and end up somehow even less tolerable than him. This movie seems more like a parody of warm micro-narrative films like the ones I mentioned above instead of a sincere attempt at one, and any hope it has to overcome its screenplay shortcomings are sunk by Kroll's black hole of a screen presence. Mark Duplass (Kroll's co-star on "The League") and his brother Jay produced this misfire, one in a long line of similarly promising but failed attempts at sincere filmmaking ("Jeff Who Lives at Home," "The One I Love," "Creep," "Bad Milo," and the list goes on). The brothers seem to have more enthusiasm for the medium than any particular talent - perhaps it's time to stop throwing lots of *beep* on the wall and hoping something sticks, and instead develop a meaningful, likable film that other people might enjoy.

Reviewed by Larry Silverstein 4 / 10

Some Things Work--Most Don't

Some things work but most don't in this indie dramedy. For maybe the first half of the film things seemed to move along fairly well, but especially in the final third of the movie it pretty much falls apart with stilted, non-believable, and even mean-spirited dialogue and scenes that were far from entertaining for me.

Nick Kroll stars as Jake, a business entrepreneur ready to launch a new product (technological eyewear), for which he's raised millions of dollars from family, friends, and investors. However at the last minute, a crucial part for the product cannot be delivered by a Chinese company, and the whole deal collapses.

Thus, Jake, to avoid angry investors, packs his bags and heads to New Rochelle, New York to stay with his sister Justine, who's 3 months pregnant and living with her husband Danny (Bobby Cannavale) and their 3-year-old son Teddy. Despite Jake being an absentee family member for years, Justine takes him in, especially when he agrees to take care of Teddy while she and Danny are at work.

The highly talented and vivacious actress Rose Byrne portrays Justine, but there's just so much she can do with this rather weak script, in my opinion. Cannavale also gives his usual solid performance as Danny, and Paula Garces adds well to the mix as a possible love interest for Jake. The remainder of the movie will center on how the family interacts with each other and how Jake will try to adjust to his new role in suburbia.

In summary, this film directed by Ross Katz with a screenplay from Jeff Cox and Liz Flahive, can't seem to sustain it's humor and edge over the course of the entire movie, and, as other reviewers have noted, falls rather flat as a result.

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