Adult Beginners

April 24th, 2015







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Adult Beginners

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Plot
A young, narcissistic entrepreneur crashes and burns on the eve of his company's big launch. With his entire life in total disarray, he leaves Manhattan to move in with his estranged ... See full summary »

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 5.3/10 (225 voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Ross Katz

Stars: Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale

Storyline
A young, narcissistic entrepreneur crashes and burns on the eve of his company's big launch. With his entire life in total disarray, he leaves Manhattan to move in with his estranged pregnant sister, brother-in-law and 3-year-old nephew in the suburbs - only to become their nanny.

Writers: Jeff Cox, Liz Flahive

Cast:
Nick Kroll - Jake
Rose Byrne - Justine
Bobby Cannavale - Danny
Joel McHale - Hudson
Caleb and Matthew Paddock - Teddy
Caitlin FitzGerald - Kat
Paula Garc├ęs - Blanca
Josh Charles - Phil
Jane Krakowski - Miss Jenn
Bobby Moynihan - Paul
Mike Birbiglia - Braden
Jason Mantzoukas -
David Bernon - Chuck
Seth Barrish - Doctor
Adam Butterfield - Fun Party Goer

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 24 April 2015

Filming Locations: New York, USA

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Trivia:
Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale are a real life couple. See more »



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Rating: 5/10

Adult Beginners' plot: After becoming a pariah to just about everyone he's connected with after a failed product launch, self-centred entrepreneur Jake (played by stand-up comic Nick Kroll) returns to his childhood home where his sister, Justine (played by Rose Byrne), and brother-in-law, Danny (played by Bobby Cannavale), live with their three-year-old son. As Jake licks his wounds and contemplates his next step, he comes to appreciate the value of family and the virtue of humility.

Kroll would seem to be an unlikely candidate to play a character who rediscovers their humanity in a comedic film with touchy feely leanings like Adult Beginners, considering the abrasive nature of his stand-up act and his television roles on The League and Kroll Show. His snide personality is intact initially, mind you, but that edge is gradually dulled as Jake is welcomed into his sister's home and takes on the nanny responsibilities for his nephew. The fish-out-of-water scenario rarely yields impactful results, however, be they of the moving or comedic variety, and the movie rarely goes anywhere you're not expecting it to. Kroll acquits himself decently with the limited material, as do Byrne and Cannavale, who are given their own marital issues to wrestle with as a subplot. Peripheral characters played by Jane Krakowski, Josh Charles, Paula Garces, and Joel McHale barely register, although one scene with Saturday Night Live's Bobby Moynihan playing a former classmates of Jake's delivers the movie's best laughs and will ring true for anyone who's had one of those run-ins with someone from your past that you wouldn't even want as a Facebook friend.

Adult Beginners disappoints with its skimpy joke-to-laugh ratio and ability to move the viewer with Jake's transformation, adding up to a slight movie that's unlikely to stay with you for very long.





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