A self-absorbed, failed entrepreneur (Nick Kroll) moves in with his estranged sister (Rose Byrne) and brother-in-law (Bobby Cannavale) and becomes his 3-year-old nephews nanny.
Adult Beginners is a 2014 American comedy drama film directed by Ross Katz and written by Jeff Cox and Liz Flahire based on a story by Nick Kroll. The film stars Kroll, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, and Joel McHale.
RADiUS-TWC acquired the North American distribution rights of the film during its premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was released in a limited release in theatres and VOD on April 24, 2015.
A young, hipster entrepreneur crashes and burns on the eve of his company’s big launch. With his entire life in disarray, he leaves Manhattan to move in with his estranged pregnant sister, brother-in-law and three year-old nephew in the suburbs — only to become their manny. Faced with real responsibility, he may finally have to grow up — but not without some bad behavior first.
After his company crashes and burns on the eve of its big launch, hipster entrepreneur Jake (Kroll) moves in with his estranged pregnant sister, Justine (Byrne), brother-in-law, Danny (Cannavale), and three year-old nephew in the suburbs where he is faced with the pressure of real responsibility.Nick Kroll as Jake
Rose Byrne as Justine
Bobby Cannavale as Danny
Joel McHale as Hudson
Caleb and Matthew Paddock as Teddy
Caitlin Fitzgerald as Kat
Paula Garces as Blanca
Josh Charles as Phil
Jane Krakowski as Miss Jenn
Bobby Moynihan as Paul
Mike Birbiglia as Braden
Jason Mantzoukas as Herman
David Bernon as Chuck
Neil Casey as Neil
On November 1, 2013, it was announced that Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne, and Bobby Cannavale were attached to star in Brothers Keeper - the original title which later changed to Adult Beginners. On December 10, 2013, Caitlin Fitzgerald has been cast as Kat, Jakes girlfriend "who dumps him after his tech startup fails and he moves back to his family home."
Principal photography took place in New York including a house on Elk Avenue in New Rochelle, New York for a month in January and February 2014.
Adult Beginners had its premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2014. It was released on April 24, 2015 in a limited release in and through VOD on April 24, 2015 in the United States. It also has a release date for May 21, 2015, in Australia. It has also been screened at the South by South West Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, and will open the Nashville Film Festival.
The first trailer was released on March 14, 2015. A teaser clip was released on April 14, 2015, titled "Make Me Jealous".
Adult Beginners received generally mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 45% approval rating based on reviews from 60 critics, with the critical consensus reading, "Perfectly pleasant and not particularly engaging, Adult Beginners is a mild middle-of-the-road comedy content to coast on the charms of its talented cast." Metacritic gives the film a score of 57 out of 100 based on reviews from 26 critics.
Adult Beginners gained a fairly positive response at the Toronto International Film Festival, with Nikola Grozdanovic of Indiewire giving it a B+ grade, saying "it’s not perfect, but as far as feature debuts go, there’s very little you can fault Adult Beginners for. Slightly pedantic and maudlin at times, with telegraphed metaphors and some rushed pacing, it’s still hard to call any of these hiccups major flaws. Katz, with the help of an inspired cast and an emotionally intelligent and mature screenplay, has succeeded in depicting the trials and tribulations of adults who, all for respectfully different yet equally weighty reasons, often make a three-year-old the most mature person in the room." He also praised the supporting roles of McHale, Krawkowski, and particularly Moynihan. Phil Brown of Collider gave the film a B- grade calling it "cute". "It’s a very heartfelt, sweet, funny, moving and deliberately small movie that does exactly what it’s supposed to do and then rolks [sic] credits before wearing out it’s welcome. [...] It’s a little wisp of a comedy with enough warm sentiments and observations about eccentrically neurotic adults to slip in a little emotional sting."
Justin Chang of Variety said of the film that "it’s the sort of casual hangout vibe that feels so lived-in, it’s a shame when the film begins to devolve into the sort of rigged reconciliations and easy epiphanies it had largely avoided, up to a point. [...] Still, those imperfections are forgivable, even fitting, for a modest, well-assembled charmer that represents a welcome branching out for most of the key talents involved." Furthermore, at the South by South West Film Festival, Michael Roffman of Consequence of Sound said "you don’t need to rush out and see Adult Beginners. However, it’s an ideal Netflix viewing in the near future, when the winter shifts into something awful and the afternoon begs for a little couching."