Adult World

2013, Comedy, 1h 37m

36 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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An aspiring poet (Emma Roberts) takes a job as a clerk at an adult bookstore and tries to make her contemptuous literary idol (John Cusack) take her on as his protege.

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  • 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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