A.C.O.D. is a dramedy that takes a humorous look at dysfunctional families and what it means to be an adult child of divorce. The film follows Carter, a seemingly well-adjusted Adult Child of Divorce who appears to have survived the madness of his parents’ separation and now has a successful career and supportive girlfriend. But when his younger brother gets engaged, Carter is forced to reunite his bitterly divorced parents and their new spouses for the wedding, causing the chaos of his childhood to return.
Our own contributors have shared similar experiences with divorce, separation, and the effect it has on children, though none quite so crazy as the situation that unfolds for Carter. The following are some of the firsthand experiences our contributors and readers have shared here on What The Flicka.
“Life happens. Sometimes it sneaks up on us and gives a little tap on the shoulder. Sometimes it takes us by surprise because we allow ourselves to practice denial. And then sometimes it actually slaps us across the face.”
“Show her you love her not in spite of everything she comes with, but because of everything she comes with.”
“I realized; that I thought marriage was supposed to be a certain way and (shocker…) I didn’t fit that mold; no matter how hard I tried. And I tried really, really hard.
What I understand NOW is that marriage is what you make it.”
“Even with our table for two missing one, he was there. We were free to do anything; everything, but what we really wanted was to be parents again. Anxiously, we’d spend Sunday awaiting his return.”
“My husband and I have been having problems for some time. At first it was mostly just those little things that only your partner can drive you crazy with. You know what I’m talking about. Then the distance that was created, grew into real problems.”
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