Adventures of Power (2009)



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A twentysomething misfit dedicates his life to giving the drummer some, even when the drums are only imaginary, in this comedy written and directed by comic Ari Gold. Power (Gold) grew up in a small mining town in New Mexico, where his father (Michael McKean) always imagined his son would one day join him in digging copper from the earth. But Power has a dream of playing the drums, and since he doesn't have a drum kit, he's become a master of "air drums," flailing his arms in the manner of Neil … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some language including sexual references)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ari Gold
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 25, 2011
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as Power

as Joanie

as Michael Fong

as Michael Fong

as Houston

as Brain Dog

as Yolanda

as Versacio Sabian

as Chambliss

as Shelley

as Indian Cowboy

as Samantha

as Jeep Dude

as Mean Cowboy

as Old Hippie

as Old Hippie's Wife

as Last Drummer

as Mexican Referee

as Young Power

as Sid's Voice

as Ernesto

as Foot McTeag

as Handler

as Young Dallas

as Anthony

as Bouncer

as Himself

as Himself

as Chiu Chi-ling
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Critic Reviews for Adventures of Power

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (9)

It's such a fine line between clever and stupid, and this Spinal Tap-caliber cult item maintains a perfect balance.

Full Review… | February 2, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Gold places his fond comedy in the '80s with all the cinematic skill of early MTV.

Full Review… | October 16, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The rhythm's off in this goofy tale of an air-drumming underdog.

October 9, 2009
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

It's not the rough edges that bother here; it's the desperate attempt to capture Napoleon Dynamite's success by relying on oddball characters and off-the-wall scenarios.

Full Review… | October 9, 2009
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Your enjoyment of Adventures of Power will be proportional to your tolerance for the one-joke phenomenon of air drumming.

Full Review… | October 9, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

So would-be hip it hurts, Adventures of Power is barely watchable, despite the presence of such pros as Michael McKean and Jane Lynch.

Full Review… | October 9, 2009
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Adventures of Power

Well, this sure was silly...but I did find it kind of funny at times. Think of Spinal Tap meets Napolean Dynomite. Adrian Grenier is in this, too, which probably kept me from reaching for that eject button. eh. It had its moments. My teenage daughter sure got a kick out of it, though. Guess that tells ya sumpin..

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Adventures of Power
In Adventures of Power our protagonist, Power, teeters between silly Napoleo Dynamite-like impersonation and seriously comedic acting--the kind seen in a Wes Anderson project. The effect of it all is that the film is, at once, fun and funny but, on the other hand, thoughtful and sweet. It marries the two worlds of silliness and poignancy effortlessly.

Taking place in a small industrial town, the film centers around a lovable, albeit slovenly, loser with a heart of gold who refuses to grow up. His one and only goal, obsession and purpose in life is to play the drums. If you find that to be disheartening, here's the kicker: it's air drums!

While the world is his cymbal, that instrument is rejecting his stick with a loud screech. Power is misunderstood and ignored by most of the people who surround him in his Texas hometown. After some exploratory roughing-up in a Mexican border town, he realizes his true calling is on the opposite end of the country--in glorious New Jersey.

If the premise sounds like a gimmick, it is. There's nothing that Power won't do or any length he won't go to in order to show the world what he's made of.

Adrien Grenier (of "Entourage" fame) makes a fun appearance as Power's boyhood nemesis who secretly shares Power passion for air-drumming despite his rich tycoon father having bought him his way into his very own "legitimate" Country-Emo band--where he plays the real drums.

In the end, both men are forced to face off in a battle of the air drums on an implausibly televised national competiton. By that time, Power has united with a rag-tag set of misfit "drummers" and become friends with them; he's found a girl who sees him as more than just a pathetic loser and hear's his heart beat in more ways than one. Despite all this hokeyness and unabashed fluff, the movie ends up feeling like a triumph in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way. It is unashamed of its sentimentality and never takes itself too seriously.

Rico Zamora

Super Reviewer

Stupid formalaic plot. I didn't laugh or grin once. I have seen college air bands better than this. Was expecting more.

Joe Heafitz

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