C.O.G. 2013 R CC

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(63) IMDb 5.6/10
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Based on a story by acclaimed writer David Sedaris, a young man (Jonathan Groff) takes a fish-out-of-water journey in an unfamiliar corner of America.

Starring:
Jonathan Groff, Denis O'Hare
Runtime:
1 hour 28 minutes

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C.O.G.

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Starring Jonathan Groff, Denis O'Hare
Supporting actors Beth Furumasu, Keiko Green, Kamyar Jahan, Danny Belrose, Zach Sanchez, Marvella McPartland, Tim Patteron, Blake Lindsley, Dean Stockwell, Eloy Méndez, Denis O'Hare, Cami Sturm, Troian Bellisario, Louis Hobson, Dale Dickey, Vu Pham, Corey Stoll, Castillo Morales
Studio Focus Features
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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One of the worst movies I've ever seen.
annalisa palacios
It was like we ran out of budget and we will just end the movie.
Willaton
The script was badly written and the acting not much better.
Terry Pogue

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Noel Hoklin on November 10, 2013
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Not being familiar with Sedaris' work, I new nothing of his autobiographical short stories. I rented the movie when I accidently mis-clicked while on Amazon.com! I liked the movie, often finding myself LOL-ing at the subtle, but cleaver humor. I must be really naïve, because I watched to the conclusion without realizing David was gay! I thought he was just a naïve young man as I was at his age. I'm recommending the movie to everyone except my Christian friends! I think Groff did an excellent job portraying David and as a direct result of watching this movie I will be signing on with HBO to watch the series, "Looking", scheduled to air early 2014.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By California Dreaming on December 26, 2013
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I've always been a fan of David Sedaris, and I've read most of his books. Funny stuff. That being said, I surely wouldn't want to be in his family. Could you imagine hanging out on Christmas, and then having something bad happen? You'd have to figure that you'd be featured in his next book. And not necessarily in a good way.

And from what I've read, this is just a small slice of Mr. Sedaris' life; what you might call his "Oregon years." Off to go find himself, pick a few apples, and get away from that family of his for awhile. Hey, I can't blame him. Time spent with extended family is time lost, time that you'll never get back. I think that I'd rather pick apples in the rain myself.

But what's interesting here: he seems to go full circle, perhaps backwards even since he seemingly only becomes more confused about himself -- perhaps even life itself -- while making that trip to Oregon. Hey, you can't blame him, really. While they have some of the best wine in the Willamette Valley, Oregon itself seems to be rather backwards. While they want to think of themselves as modern-day liberals, at the same time, they hold onto some very conservative views as well.

And the young Mr. Sedaris runs into a few conservatives here himself, and he tries to fit in. He really does. But ultimately, he learns that people might be the exact opposite of how they wish to portray themselves. Watch a scene in the third act; it reminds me of a similar scene in "The Color of Money" where Paul Newman throws some money at Tom Cruise, telling the youngster that he's given him all that he's got, and that the young pool upstart has to find his own way in life.

And while this film surely doesn't give all that it's got, it is very good. I'll give a recommendation on this film. Just stay away from family at Christmastime and everything will be all right.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Cook on November 13, 2013
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The writing doesn't live up to Sedalia ability to be funny, mean, and urbane at the same time. Lots of one liners just don't compare. The story languished a bit in the middle, which cooled me to it, before the ending picked up a bit more.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Seth Premo on December 24, 2013
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...Not exactly the kind of movie that movie buffs usually appreciate, and the mixed reviews are probably indicators of that.
This Sedaris/Alvarez concoction was brilliant to *not* give superfluous or unnecessary back-story, and equally brilliant to not whittle down the experience into an expectant happy ending. Like a poem or song lyric or a painting, the story opens and closes, illustrating (as a portrait) a time of the life of an individual. The movie's pace is very thoughtful and relaxed: you are not rushed from scene to scene or met with quixotic & unnecessary edits. There are some moments in films that are so essential to an emotional connection to the characters and the plot, and Alvarez seems to have been clever and careful in keeping that in the scene.

To start the film, the lead character is on his own, and on an interstate bus ride from his school of Yale in Connecticut, to Oregon. When he meets up with his girlfriend in Oregon, he begins to realize that his relationship is ending. Though they both had romanticized living a slower-paced rural life together, he was actually serious and she was not: she moved on to another man. He ends up forging the rural workman's path alone, finding a job at an orchard, picking apples, and staying in workers' living quarters with a Hispanic population, and later quirky Christian stoneworker. The movie's content is largely based on the interaction he has with others that come into his life to "help" him in his travels. The acting in the whole cast is fantastic, and really fitting to each role and purpose.

As the title unabbreviated lends the word "cog," this was exactly the sentiment one leaves the film with: that the lead character was a cog for the physical and psychological needs of others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EC on May 28, 2014
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Movie is fair but I would not have purchased it had I been able to preview the movie prior to purchasing it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Desert Scenario on May 19, 2014
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I like David Sedaris. C.O.G. successfully portrays his genre. The character David meets a lot of quirky folks along the way as well as some deep, dark characters. Jonathon Groff is a winner. Loved him as David.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Norman Alcantara on May 3, 2014
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Johnaton Groff.is convincing as a innocent young man not wanting to face his mom.(it was kind of vague.) You wait for something exciting to happen to him. Only then in the story of him possibly being rape is the only action in the movie. The soundtrack is dreadful. I found it annoying as I tried to like the movie.
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