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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."… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Bruce Ingram, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Completely stealing the show and delivering my favorite supporting turn of the year so far is Armando Riesco."
‑ Clayton Davis,
"The movie is rated R, yet sensitive 12-year-old girls and the boys scared to talk to them probably represent the ideal audience for this wan coming-of-age sitcom in feature-film drag."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
""Adult World" is amusing, if a bit by the numbers. There's nothing surprising about Amy's story."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"Roberts is completely over-the-top here, her frantic, unfunny performance serving only to highlight Cusack's caginess and restraint."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"A smart, incisive comedy about a recent college grad's booby-trapped immersion into real life."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Adult World goes all kinds of satisfying places and the lowercase niceties begin with knowing how to use Emma Roberts' eyes, and their bright, darting gaze, which can flick from irritation to consternation to fury just like one-two-three."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"A fittingly rough zoom on the transitional period between dreams and reality, seen through a girl who says she 'can't be a wunderkind past 22' and mostly means it."
‑ Matt Pais, RedEye
"A nice shot of reality could've saved Adult World, as the details of desperation are far more compelling than the rusted mechanics of a numbing coming-of-age story."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
""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."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Coffey knows his movie's at its best when Cusack and Roberts collide, and repeatedly uses them to overcome the script's limitations, and almost to dig a pit of chaos beneath it."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"It is genuinely funny and surprisingly touching by the end, which is more than can be said for most of Hollywood's efforts of late."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Quickflix
"Adult World may have meaning, but you have to trudge through waist deep piles of unfiltered, prepubescent, overdramatic whimpering just to get to it."
‑ Chris Sawin,
"[There's] so much vivid, irrepressible life shoving through the narrative's seams that its structural defects can be forgiven, or at least largely ignored."
‑ Mike D'Angelo, The Dissolve
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