GROWING UP & OTHER LIES, the new ensemble piece from Darren Grodsky and Danny Jacobs (the pair who co-wrote and co-directed the worthwhile Humboldt County some years back) is a good enough movie to make you wish it were better. This New York tale of four male friends and a couple of their women -- bonding for maybe the last time as one of them heads to Ohio -- is neither specific enough for character study, funny enough for comedy, nor deep enough for drama.
Adam Brody (as Rocks, who's having some issues with his pregnant girlfriend), Josh Lawson (as Jake, the failed artist who's headed for Ohio), and Wyatt Cenac, a good actor who is utterly wasted here as Gunderson, a characterless character with no past, future or any interests to be found, other than being wittily dyspeptic. What a waste.
Amber Tamblyn (below, as Jake's ex) and Lauren Miller as the gal about to give birth to Rock's son.
Phase 4 Films and running just 90 minutes, opens this Friday, March 20, in New York City at the Quad Cinema and pretty much nationwide via VOD.