Friday, April 1, 2016

Adult Beginners 2014

     Jake is an entrepreneur riding high on the eve of his company’s big launch.  He and his investor friends are set to make a big payout.  Unfortunately, Jake receives the news that there is a crash and burn instead of a big launch.  Now all his friends are out to get him for losing their investments.  Some want to kill him so it might be a good idea for him to leave Manhattan.  Since he doesn’t have any money or a job, he goes to the family home on Long Island where his sister, her husband and their young son live.  His sister is expecting another child, they want to sell the house and Jake’s visit is very unexpected.  Justine and Danny give Jake the paid job of watching their son Teddy instead of taking him to daycare.
     There are some advantages to the babysitting job.  Jake gets a salary and he has a golden opportunity to meet women with their children.  He is suffering from depression and the phone messages about wanting to kill him continue.  It’s a bit like returning to a cocoon for him to have his old room at the family home.  Wrapping up in a warm blanket, not having to go to work and not really being an adult.  Somewhat predictable but entertaining.  3* (This movie is OK)

92 min, Comedy directed by Ross Katz with Rose Byrne, Nick Kroll, Babby Cannavale, Joel McHale, Caleb and Matthew Paddock, Paula Garces, Caitlin FitzGerald, Jane Krakowski, Mike Birbiglia, David Bernon, Bobby Moynihan.

Note:  Imdb 5.5 out of 10, 47% critic 30% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2 ½*, Amazon 3.3* out of 5* with 98 reviews.
Special Note:  Nick Kroll is a comedian with a Comedy Central series called the Kroll Show.  Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale are a couple in real life and they have a young son.  This movie was filmed in New York and Teddy is played by twin boys.

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