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Adult World (2014)



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Adult World is a satirical comedy about an eccentric young woman, Amy Anderson, (Emma Roberts) who has just come out of university, convinced she's going to be a famous poet. Saddled with debt and unemployed she moves back in with her parents who force her to get a job. Desperate and armed with a poetry degree and not much else she takes the only job she can find, working in an adult book store called Adult World. Meanwhile, desperate to get her poems published, Amy stalks an aging punk poet figure named Rat Billings (John Cusack), "one of the greatest poets of the early 90s." Rat reluctantly agrees to mentor her. As Amy makes new friends, including a drag queen named Rubia, the elderly couple who own Adult World, and Alex, the charming and quirky young manager, she learns that she might not be the voice of her generation after all. (c) IFC Films

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Critic Reviews for Adult World

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (17)

Adult World is more aggravating than endearing, although there's an interesting idea buried beneath all the cutesy plot details.

June 9, 2017 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

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.

March 7, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Roberts is completely over-the-top here, her frantic, unfunny performance serving only to highlight Cusack's caginess and restraint.

March 6, 2014 | Full Review…

"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.

February 28, 2014 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

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.

February 27, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Never quite fully delivers much more than yet another oh-poor-me take on post-collegiate struggles in the cold, cruel 21st Century.

February 14, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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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.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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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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