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Adventures of Power (2009)

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Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 6

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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

PG-13,

Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy

Ari Gold

Jan 25, 2011

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

February 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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Gold places his fond comedy in the '80s with all the cinematic skill of early MTV.

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The rhythm's off in this goofy tale of an air-drumming underdog.

October 9, 2009
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Your enjoyment of Adventures of Power will be proportional to your tolerance for the one-joke phenomenon of air drumming.

October 9, 2009
New York Times
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So would-be hip it hurts, Adventures of Power is barely watchable, despite the presence of such pros as Michael McKean and Jane Lynch.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Not even the always reliable talents of McKean and Lynch can help pull this comedy out of its ironic slump.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Gold attempts to show Power as a "Napoleon Dynamite"-like charmer, but Gold's spastic performance induces more cringes than smiles.

October 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

The film's penchant for dorky nostalgia -- especially '70s and '80s-era music -- quickly becomes irritating. It deserves a real tongue-lashing for trying to re-introduce the inexplicable Mr. Mister hit "Kyrie" into the American consciousness.

October 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

For all the cheap shots in Gold's script, Adventures of Power views air-drumming with a surprising affection.

October 14, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

The playful plot with go-figure ending is bubbly, and the mechanics of the film are on-point for the most part.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Underdog comedy is no Napoleon Dynamite.

October 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Gold's screenplay is a tad too ambitious for its thin comic premise.

October 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Writer/director/actor Ari Gold has made a competent student film that would graduate him from any film school with flying colors--that's to say, here is an example of a filmmaker who hasn't yet begun to find his own voice.

September 17, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
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A pretty agonizing affair.

January 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinematical
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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..
February 16, 2011
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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.
October 30, 2009
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    1. Carlos: Bouncing off the substance of life. Up down, Up down. That is a double work out.
    – Submitted by Ashish G (21 months ago)
    1. Power: I'm not pussyfooting. I'm double-bass drumming!
    – Submitted by Jana A (23 months ago)
    1. Power: I don't need drums. I am drums.
    – Submitted by Michael M (2 years ago)
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