28 user 49 critic

Adult Beginners (2014)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 24 April 2015 (USA)
2:15 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

A bankrupt businessman tries to restore good relations with his sister and her family.


Ross Katz


Nick Kroll (story by), Jeff Cox (story by) | 3 more credits »



Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Newlywed couple Nat and Josh are deliriously happy despite their differences, though friends and family aren't convinced that they can last. With their first anniversary approaching and attractive alternatives in the mix, can they last?

Director: Dan Mazer
Stars: Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Alex Macqueen
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The rivalry between two brothers reaches a fever pitch during a charity swim competition.

Director: Sophie Goodhart
Stars: Adam Scott, Nick Kroll, Greg Violand
The Meddler (2015)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An aging widow from New York City follows her daughter to Los Angeles in hopes of starting a new life after her husband passes away.

Director: Lorene Scafaria
Stars: Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When their father passes away, four grown siblings are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens.

Director: Shawn Levy
Stars: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A commitment-phobe and a New Ager buddy-up to win over the women of their respective dreams.

Director: Daina Reid
Stars: Brendan Cowell, Peter Dinklage, Yvonne Strahovski
Like Father (2018)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After she's left at the altar, a workaholic advertising executive ends up on her Caribbean honeymoon cruise with her estranged father.

Director: Lauren Miller Rogen
Stars: Kristen Bell, Danielle Davenport, Kimiko Glenn
Joshy (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

After his engagement suddenly ends, Joshy and a few his friends decide to take advantage of what was supposed to be his bachelor party in Ojai, California. In their attempt to help Joshy deal with the recent turn of events, the guys turn the getaway into a raucous weekend filled with drugs, booze, debauchery, and hot tubs. Written and directed by Jeff Baena and featuring an ensemble cast of ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Baena
Stars: Thomas Middleditch, Adam Pally, Alex Ross Perry
The Clapper I (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

15 minutes of fame destroys the life of a man who works as a clapper in television.

Director: Dito Montiel
Stars: Ed Helms, Amanda Seyfried, Tracy Morgan
Just Buried (2007)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A young man inherits a nearly bankrupt funeral home from his estranged father. He falls in love with the alluring young mortician, only to find out she's offing people to keep the place in business!

Director: Chaz Thorne
Stars: Jay Baruchel, Sergio Di Zio, Nigel Bennett
Welcome to Me (2014)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

When Alice Klieg wins the Mega-Millions lottery, she immediately quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show.

Director: Shira Piven
Stars: Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Linda Cardellini
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A small business owner is about to lose her shop to a major corporate development.

Director: David Wain
Stars: Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader
Kodachrome (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Set during the final days of the admired photo development system known as Kodachrome, a father and son hit the road in order to reach the Kansas photo lab before it closes its doors for good.

Director: Mark Raso
Stars: Ed Harris, Jason Sudeikis, Elizabeth Olsen


Cast overview, first billed only:
Rose Byrne ... Justine
Nick Kroll ... Jake
Bobby Cannavale ... Danny
Matthew Paddock ... Teddy
Caleb Paddock ... Teddy
Paula Garcés ... Blanca
Joel McHale ... Hudson
Caitlin FitzGerald ... Kat
Jane Krakowski ... Miss Jenn
Mike Birbiglia ... Braden
Greg Johnson Greg Johnson ... Business Dude
Bobby Moynihan ... Paul
Seth Barrish ... Doctor
Jason Mantzoukas ... Herman
Cara Cooper Cara Cooper ... Real Estate Agent


A young, narcissistic entrepreneur crashes and burns on the eve of his company's big launch. With his entire life in total disarray, he leaves Manhattan to move in with his estranged pregnant sister, brother-in-law and 3-year-old nephew in the suburbs - only to become their nanny. Written by Toronto International Film Festival

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Some people just can't handle growing up


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some drug use. | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »


Official Sites:

Official Facebook





Release Date:

24 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brother's Keeper See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,657, 26 April 2015

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale are a real life couple. See more »


When Jake and Justine take Teddy for swimming classes the first time, Miss Jenn (swimming instructor) throws a blue colored toy float towards Jake as a sarcasm for his fear of cold water. In the next scene we see that toy float between open arms of Jenn instead of being near Jake or Teddy. See more »


[first lines]
Jake: Hi, I'm Jake Winton. If you're receiving this video, it means that you have invested in "MINDS i". It also means that we have raised $2.5 million to start production on the sickest piece of wearable technology on the market today.
See more »


References The Princess Bride (1987) See more »


Written and Performed by Neil Halstead
Courtesy of Brushfire Records
under license from Universal Music Enterprises
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

"Adult Beginners"... a good description for the people who made this movie.
3 May 2015 | by CleveMan66See all my reviews

Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale have been dating since 2012 and have made three films together in that time. She's the Australian beauty known for the "X-Men" and "Insidious" films, as well as 2014's "Neighbors" and 2011's "Bridesmaids". He's the tall, dark and handsome actor who played Al Pacino's estranged son in "Danny Collins" (2015), Cate Blanchett's would-be suitor in "Blue Jasmine" (2011) and did a season each of "Nurse Jackie" and "Boardwalk Empire". Together, Byrne and Cannavale have made 2014's "Annie" and 2015's spring releases "Adult Beginners" and "Spy". Now, you may be wondering why I've devoted the opening paragraph of my review of "Adult Beginners" (R, 1:30) to the relationship between two of the movie's stars. Well, it's because that's the most interesting thing about this movie. Nick Kroll (who has had a recurring role on "Parks and Recreation" and has his own show on Comedy Central) came up with the story, and stars in "Adult Beginners" as Jake, a self-centered tech guru whose career gets off track, leading him to move in with his sister, Justine (Byrne) and her husband, Danny (Cannavale). Justine, who's expecting her second child, and Danny, who's building the young family a new home, let Jake earn his keep (and saves them some money) by providing day care for their 3-year-old son, Teddy (played by twins Caleb and Matthew Paddock). Jake is predictably inept at taking care of the lad, but he isn't the only adult in the film with an underdeveloped sense of self. Along with Jake, Justine and Danny also feel and act like overgrown kids, or… adult beginners.

The film's title actually refers to the fact that Jake and Justine never learned to swim, but they end up taking little Teddy to a swim class taught by Miss Jenn (Jane Krakowski), who encourages them to take an adult beginners swim class. Other familiar faces that pop up in minor roles include Josh Charles ("The Good Wife") as Jake's prospective employer, Joel McHale ("Community") as Jake's shallow best friend and Bobby Moynihan ("SNL"), who plays a socially awkward former high school classmate of Jake's. After riding a pretty steep learning curve, and with the help of fellow nanny, Blanca (Paula Garcés), Jake starts to get the hang of being Teddy's nanny, but being in his sister's home for a period of months exposes him to some family drama that he would rather have avoided, but has to deal with.

"Adult Beginners" wants to be a poignant reflection on what it means to be an adult, and make us laugh in the process. It fails on both counts. The conversations and scenes meant to deliver the movie's message are few, far between and not really integral to the other goings-on. The jokes are not few and far between, but they're also not very funny. The cast member who comes closest to amusing is Moynihan, but only in two brief scenes. The three main adult characters are unsympathetic and the actors playing them are uncharismatic. Cannavale, who has done some great work over the past couple years, unconvincingly bounces back and forth between clueless and angry. Byrne, whose career has had as many misses as hits, was funnier in "Neighbors" – and that ain't saying much. Kroll sleepwalks through his role, a self-absorbed sad-sack, a la Adam Sandler, but not as entertaining. McHale and Krakowski could have brightened things up a bit, but instead are relegated to thankless roles that make almost no use of their considerable comedic talents.

The scenes depicting Jake's struggles with his new position as glorified babysitter are uninspired and the other gags involving kids aren't only unfunny, they're offensive, that is, unless you find pregnant women getting drunk, couples having sex while toddlers are left to fend for themselves and frequent swearing in front of small children to be humorous. And speaking of the language in this movie, I'm no prude and I think that some well-placed cussing can even be pretty funny, but this script drops f-bombs and other colorful words like they're going out of style. The foul language doesn't advance the plot, doesn't make the movie any funnier and seems to have pointlessly saddled this film with an unnecessarily restrictive MPAA rating. This film gives us too little of what could have made it entertaining, too much of what distracted from its potential and makes me think the title would be better used to describe the people who made this movie. "Adult Beginners" gets a "D".

5 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 28 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed