Adventures of Power (2009)



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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 Peart or Keith Moon against a huge but nonexistent set of traps. Power's desire to become the world's greatest air drummer doesn't earn him much respect at home, so he travels to Mexico, where he learns of an air-drumming competition in Newark, NJ. Power hits the road for the garden state and meets Carlos (Steven Williams), a master air drummer who becomes his guide in the art of not really playing. Power also gets some much-needed encouragement from Annie (Shoshannah Stern), a sweet born-again girl living upstairs from him. But when Power learns that his father back home is leading a strike to save jobs for the employees at the local copper mine, winning the title becomes a matter of defending the honor of his family and his hometown, and he dedicates himself to defeating arrogant country music star Dallas Houston (Adrien Grenier), who is favored to win. Adventures of Power also stars Jane Lynch, Travis Johns, and Jimmy Jean-Louis. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
PG-13 (for some language including sexual references)
Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts
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Ari Gold
as Power
Jane Lynch
as Joanie
Chiu Chi Ling
as Michael Fong
Richard Fancy
as Houston
Annie Golden
as Farrah
Travis Johns
as Brain Dog
Wai Ching Ho
as Yolanda
Nick Kroll
as Versacio Sabian
Bruce Newbold
as Chambliss
Nina Gold
as Shelley
Roger Benally
as Indian Cowboy
Markie Dunn
as Samantha
Summer Rona
as Linda
Scott Hanks
as Jeep Dude
Mike Hamill
as Mean Cowboy
Luis Accinelli
as Jalisco
Paul Boruff
as Old Hippie
Theresa Ellis
as Old Hippie's Wife
Juan Diaz
as Last Drummer
Walter A. Carmona
as Mexican Referee
Jared Nielsen
as Young Power
Skyler Gisondo
as Sid's Voice
Rafael Rojas
as Ernesto
Harry Van Gorkum
as Foot McTeag
Jeff Holman
as Handler
Riley Peterson
as Young Dallas
Tuffy Questell
as Freddie
John Bianco
as Anthony
Tyrone Roy
as Bouncer
Mike Sophia
as Himself
Neil Peart
as Himself
Jason Michael Fong
as Chiu Chi-ling
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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (9)

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

Full Review… | February 2, 2010
Chicago Reader
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Gold places his fond comedy in the '80s with all the cinematic skill of early MTV.

Full Review… | October 16, 2009
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.

Full Review… | October 9, 2009
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.

Full Review… | 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.

Full Review… | October 8, 2009
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for Adventures of Power

Stupid formalaic plot. I didn't laugh or grin once. I have seen college air bands better than this. Was expecting more.

Joe Heafitz
Joe Heafitz

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..

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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Your enjoyment of Adventures of Power will be proportional to your tolerance for the one-joke phenomenon of air drumming.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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