Sedaris Adaptation Is “Curiously Flat”

David Rooney, who is generally reliable, writes: ‘After previously blocking all attempts to turn his best-selling works into films, David Sedaris would be justified if he chose to slam that rights door shut again after the curiously flat “C.O.G.“, a fictionalized adaptation of an essay published in his 1997 collection, “Naked.” Despite enlisting the likable Jonathan Groff (pictured) as the author’s stand-in, writer-director Kyle Patrick Alvarez has managed to turn America’s most self-deprecatingly autobiographical humorist into a cipher in a film that struggles to find a voice.’ In other words, don’t expect to see “Me Talk Pretty One Day” anytime soon.

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