PLEDGE NOW
Adult Children Of Divorce Still Feel The Sting

A new comedy about adult children of divorce and what they carry with them.  It’s funny –and it’s not.

In the new film 'A.C.O.D.,' Carter (Adam Scott) reconnects with Dr. Judith (Jane Lynch), his childhood psychologist. (Black Bear Pictures)

In the new film ‘A.C.O.D.,’ Carter (Adam Scott) reconnects with Dr. Judith (Jane Lynch), his childhood psychologist as he deals with the ongoing effects of his divorced parents’ troubled relationship. (Black Bear Pictures)

We have images in our heads of the theater of divorce.  Mom or Dad or both sit the kids down on the sofa and deliver the news.  One way or another, it’s an earthquake.  Tears, sobbing, wounds.  A new film flashes forward twenty, thirty years to look at the deep aftermath.  It’s called “A.C.O.D.” – as in Adult Children of Divorce.  If that sounds like a scary condition or syndrome, the film suggests it is.  But it’s also a comedy – of people and personalities, hopes and fears and foibles shaped by divorce.  Up next On Point:  we talk with the director of “A.C.O.D.,” about adult life after the childhood experience of relationship failure.

— Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Stuart Zicherman, co-writer and director of “A.C.O.D.” (@StuZicherman)

Courtney Zazzali, Clinical Intake Coordinator at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. (@AckermanInstitu)

From Tom’s Reading List

The Dissolve: A.C.O.D. (Review) — “For most people, divorce remains a bummer, but it’s no longer inherently noteworthy or dramatic, at least not for outside observers. That puts the onus on ‘A.C.O.D.’ to find an interesting angle on the material. Its approach is to tell the story comedically, and well after the fact, through the grown children who have been shaped by their parents’ divorce.”

New York Times: So, It’s Your Father, or Me. Decide. — “In the film, the divorcés feud, but the Zichermans agree that their divorce was remarkably amicable: they had regular family dinners and even took a vacation together after the breakup, which Stuart Zicherman found quite confusing. ‘I’m very happy that you guys have such a good relationship,’ he said, ‘but there are times where it’d be much easier if you didn’t.'”

Watch the Trailer for ‘A.C.O.D.’

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Apr 29, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, joined by former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina waves during a rally in Indianapolis, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, when Cruz announced he has tapped Fiorina to serve as his running mate. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Trump and Hillary wins. Bernie lays off. Cruz chooses Carly. Beyonce drops “Lemonade.” Our weekly news roundtable goes beyond the headlines.

Apr 29, 2016
Screengrab from the #MorethanMean video produced by Sarah Spain and Julie Dicaro. Scroll down to view the video.

Women pushing back. A video by two female sports reporters about online harassment goes viral.

RECENT
SHOWS
Apr 28, 2016
Detail of the National Debt Clock, a billboard-size digital display showing the increasing US debt, on Sixth Avenue August 1, 2011 in New York.  US Vice President Joe Biden said Monday he was confident that Congress would approve a major austerity plan to avoid a debt default as he met with skeptical members of his Democratic Party.AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Beyond the campaign sound and fury, how do we really solve our biggest national problems? One smart citizen thinker weighs in- with you.

 
Apr 28, 2016
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a Women for Hillary event in New York, Monday, April 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Hillary Clinton and the women’s vote. How it’s broken against Bernie Sanders. How it might play out against Donald Trump.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
‘Embedded’: How Violent Gangs Are Terrorizing El Salvador
Thursday, Apr 14, 2016

NPR’s Kelly McEvers on her reporting in El Salvador for the podcast Embedded, and how gang killings brought San Salvador’s bus service to a halt.

More »
Comment
 
That Cheap Dress On Facebook? It Isn't Worth It
Monday, Apr 11, 2016

Know those shockingly cheap clothes you see advertised on Facebook? There’s a catch.

More »
Comment
 
The Boston Globe Imagines — And Rejects — A President Trump Front Page
Monday, Apr 11, 2016

The Boston Globe editorial page imagines — and rejects — President Donald Trump.

More »
Comment