After a writing career spanning almost 20 years, David Sedaris has finally allowed one of his beloved essays to be adapted for the screen. C.O.G. is based on an autobiographical work of the same name from 1997's Naked. Jonathan Groff stars as a young intellectual looking to go off the grid for a while, but his nuanced knowledge—and rejection—of religion do him no good in the small Oregon town where "they resent anyone with a brain." He goes to work on an apple orchard, where getting his hands dirty proves more difficult than anticipated.
Groff, whose character is a slightly fictionalized version of Sedaris (he's even named David), eventually befriends a few townsfolk (American Horror Story's Denis O'Hare, House Of Cards' Corey Stoll) and eventually warms up to the idea of religion, as O'Hare's character continually preaches about himself as a "C.O.G." (Child of God). Sedaris' wit is pervasive throughout, mostly taking the form of Groff's caustic one-liners. Troian Bellisario (Pretty Little Liars) plays David's best friend Jennifer, whose arguments represent a past he is torn about sticking with. C.O.G. is in theaters and on VOD Sept. 20.