Adult Beginners (2014) - Comedy, Drama

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A bankrupt businessman tries to restore good relations with his sister and her family.

IMDB: 5.6
Director: Ross Katz
Stars: Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne
Length: 92 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 6 out of 27 found boring (22.22%)

One-line Reviews (19)

Surprised about the 5 star rating - Thoroughly enjoyable film .

The writing is natural and fluid and the acting realistic and entertaining.

The script was so predictable & over done.

The film meanders on, with impossibly low stakes for the characters, drama that never gets serviced or fizzles before it can really develop, and, in turn, a film that finds itself plodding along in a manner that doesn't make it that funny on a comedic level or that investing on a dramatic level.

Because, Adult Beginners is enjoyable.

Seeing their slow journey towards growing as a family is heart-warming (and not in a Hallmark, "here is a treacle explosion to satiate your need for plastic family fantasies" kind of way).

Decently Entertaining and Incredibly Unmemorable .

so boring .

This film's surface is good enough to make it entirely watchable and even enjoyable, which is why it just sneaks into a 7 for me, rather than getting a 6.

I am sure 30 something's would enjoy this, but they might fall asleep too.

I found Kroll amazingly likable and sweet and for me, that made this movie worth watching.

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.

Yawn .

Seemed dull enough to fast forward until the end.

The smaller things seem unpredictable, although their consequences seem so very predictable once they have come on-screen.

This film gives us too little of what could have made it entertaining, too much of what distracted from its potential and makes me think the title would be better used to describe the people who made this movie.

The only weak point in the story is when Jake tells his sister about her husbands secret, it seemed a bit forced and contrived.

Finally, there's Cannavale, another fun and charismatic presence in nearly everything he's done (particularly Danny Collins as of late), and his character's duality here - though contrived and a bit of a wrench in the story - is the most daring Adult Beginners is throughout its entire story.

I feel all the acting was good, but the story line was so boring I almost fell asleep.