Adult World


Adult World

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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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John Cusack
as Rat Billings
Summer Shelton
as Creative Writing Professor
Manu Gargi
as Mr. Shah
Pat Squire
as Old Blind Woman
Scott Coffey
as Bookstore Owner
Patricia Squire
as Old Blind Woman
Joshua B. Ward
as Customer Rick
Becky Cerio
as Bus Driver
A. Kyo Moon
as Hetero Man
Marshico Robinson
as Hetero Woman
Darin Turnbull
as Apartment Manager
Evelina Oboza
as Pretty Girl
Alexander Edinger
as Customer Max
Jo Mei
as Yumi
Avery Pastella
as Girl at Party
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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (16)

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

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

    Jenni Miller
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Mar 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.

    Mar 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.

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

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Feb 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.

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

Audience Reviews for Adult World

  • Mar 19, 2017
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2014
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2014
    Emma Roberts performance is a good reason to check out this film. She really shines here. The film was so so, but entertaining. I felt like I have seen this type of film before, but done better. It was predictable. Evan Peters was also really good here. He has a great on screen chemistry with Roberts. The weak link of the film, in my opinion, was John Cusack. He seemed out of place here. I think another actor in that role would have done a better job. Despite the film's flaws, it is still worth seeing cause of Roberts and Peters.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2014
    The indie comedy Adult World is a labored coming-of-age film that's a little pretentious at times. The story follows a poetry graduate named Amy who's unable to find work and resorts to taking a clerk job at an adult book store, but she finds renewed hope when her most admired poet allows her to be his personal assistant. Emma Roberts and John Cusack lead the cast and give solid performances. But the storytelling isn't very organic; as a lot of the story elements are only used to get from point A to point B. Moreover, the writing is extremely heavy handed in its themes. Adult World isn't very original and is rather lazy in its execution.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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