“Adopting Audrey,” the second characteristic movie from the director M. Cahill (“King of California”), resembles most of the quirky home dramas which have populated the movie competition circuit since “Little Miss Sunshine.” There’s a wayward younger girl (Jena Malone) trying to find steerage, and a gruff patriarch, Otto (Robert Starvation-Bühler), in want of human connection to melt his coronary heart. There’s an absurd twist to this inventory premise, nevertheless: The wayward grownup, Audrey, want to be adopted, which is how she meets Otto and his forlorn spouse, Sunny (Emily Kuroda).
As offered within the movie, it’s a little bit too outlandish to get behind. Whereas the movie relies on a real story, the stilted dialogue and hackneyed makes an attempt at drama make it tough to droop disbelief for this fictionalized model.
Audrey attracts suspicion from Otto’s grownup youngsters, John (Will Rogers) and Gretchen (Brooke Bloom), who suspect their relationship is sexual in nature, however that plotline ends abruptly with a sudden freak accident. Sunny’s distress is handled as a shrug at greatest and a punchline at worst. And Cahill’s try to characterize Audrey’s neuroses — her watching pet movies on her telephone for hours on finish — could be the laziest effort at capturing millennial malaise.
The one vibrant spot of “Adopting Audrey” is the performing from Malone and Starvation-Bühler, who imbue their characters with extra pathos than they most likely deserve. Malone particularly has made a welcomed return to a protagonist function — hopefully one she will be able to replicate with extra substantial materials.