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This autobiographical comedy is the first-ever screen adaptation of the work of acclaimed writer David Sedaris. Jonathan Groff (Glee) stars as David, a young man who plans a summer in the Northwest with his friend Jennifer (Troian Bellisario of Pretty Little Liars), working on a farm. But when Jennifer unexpectedly bails on him, David is left to dirty his hands alone and jump into a series of misadventures that will take him to unfamiliar - and hilariously uncomfortable - places. A presentation of Focus World, the alternative distribution division of Focus Features, and Screen Media Films.
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.Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 09.19.2013
The source material may be David Sedaris (this marks the first time the essayist has allowed one of his pieces to be adapted), but the tone couldn't be more Kyle Patrick Alvarez, who once again steers auds to some gloriously uncomfortable places.Peter Debruge, Variety, 01.22.2013
Don't expect a rash of David Sedaris screen adaptations to be sparked by this bland effort.David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter, 01.22.2013
Modest and good-looking, the film starts as dark comedy and ends in pathos. Director Alvarez makes the Oregon scenery a character unto itself.Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 09.19.2013