C.O.G. (2013)

In the first ever film adaptation of David Sedaris' work, a cocky young man travels to Oregon to work at an apple farm. Out of his element, his lifestyle and notions are picked apart by everyone who crosses his path. (c) Official Site

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: December 25, 2013
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: C.O.G.'s plot is a bit meandering, but the characters are always compelling and the ending is richly rewarding.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Modest and good-looking, the film starts as dark comedy and ends in pathos. Director Alvarez makes the Oregon scenery a character unto itself.

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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic

The film features snappy, hilarious bits among the coming-of-age vignettes, but it loses momentum as it winds toward a finish. You won't grow bored with the characters, but you might check your watch a few times.

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Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine

A promising sophomore effort from Easier with Practice writer/director Kyle Patrick Alvarez, and a great star turn for Jonathan Groff.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Despite smatterings of wit and a stable of skilled performers, "C.O.G." struggles to find a consistent tone, its episodic structure veering from farcical to poignant to dangerously raw.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

For Sedaris fans, "C.O.G." is a regrettably patronizing washout.

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Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly

It feels deeply limited.

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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle

a dramedy that keeps you guessing where the main character is going (emotionally and physically) as he drifts from one odd situation to the next.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

There are a few stretches in C.O.G. where the movie feels like it's dawdling, much like its protagonist. But the wonderfully sad, exhilarating ending proves this filmmaker knew exactly where he was headed the entire time.

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Eric D. Snider

It's not necessarily the events Sedaris describes that make his essays enjoyable; it's the words he uses to describe them. Without his voice, the story falls flat.

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Flixster Audience Score: 35% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
There are three reasons you would want to watch this film: 1. the main character is played by the very talented Jonathan Groff of Broadway and "Glee"… More
DA Zapata
It's hard to approach a film like C.O.G. in an unbiased manner when you're a David Sedaris fan. Actually, scratch that, it's entirely impossible.… More
Carlos Magalh„es
The awful score is so off-putting and the film unapologetically ambiguous about its intentions (which are never made exactly clear), as though just to place… More
Maymay Asahan
David and all the characters that came his way were all pretty intriguing, and that was enough to make C.O.G. worth the watch until the end. The ending was also… More
Alec Barniskis
I really like Groff's, O'Hare's, and Stoll's performances as well as the film's consistent pitch black tone, I just wish that the… More
m h
I really loved the performances by Jon Groff and Denis O'Hare. But I didnt care much for the script at times. I didnt find the beginning that believable.… More