Adult World (2014)
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Critic Reviews for Adult World
Adult World is more aggravating than endearing, although there's an interesting idea buried beneath all the cutesy plot details.
Adult World does have some smart, funny and wincingly painful things to say about the desire to make art vs. the desire to be famous for it.
Roberts is completely over-the-top here, her frantic, unfunny performance serving only to highlight Cusack's caginess and restraint.
"Adult World" is a coming-of-age story in which the starting age seems to be approximately 9. As a result, it just doesn't work.
It's packed with independent-film cliches, yet director Scott Coffey manages to rise above them, thanks largely to the performances of Emma Roberts and John Cusack.
Audience Reviews for Adult World
A young woman just out of college is forced to face the facts of life: she is not going to be famous as she wants, when she wants. Simply a coming-of-age story without anything to differentiate it from the tons of others except the inoffensive characters within. John Cusack wonders very nearly onscreen as to his presence in this.
Not bad. Runs out of steam mid way through, but I did quite like it. Emma Roberts plays a spoiled brat ,living off her parents and trying to make it as a poet. When her parents cut her off, she takes a job in a sex shop. John Cusack is a washed up poet she admires and tries to force her way into his life. It's quite satisfying that he finds her work crap. I wished it had ended a little less rosy for her as I couldn't stand her. Lol.
The film felt somewhat out-dated, like it was meant to come out in the mid to late 90's. Had it been set in the 90's, at least, it would not have been so peculiar. Now it's a bit odd. Still, I liked it, mostly. There were some witty lines here and there, and the soundtrack's pretty good. However, it's John Cusack's character that really saves the film. I enjoyed his retorts to the main character Amy. Wow, was she obnoxious.
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