Adventures of Power
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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… More

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"It's such a fine line between clever and stupid, and this Spinal Tap-caliber cult item maintains a perfect balance."
‑ Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Not even the always reliable talents of McKean and Lynch can help pull this comedy out of its ironic slump."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"For all the cheap shots in Gold's script, Adventures of Power views air-drumming with a surprising affection."
‑ Matthew Connolly, New York Press
"Gold's screenplay is a tad too ambitious for its thin comic premise."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
"Gold places his fond comedy in the '80s with all the cinematic skill of early MTV."
‑ Michael Ordoņa, Los Angeles Times
"Your enjoyment of Adventures of Power will be proportional to your tolerance for the one-joke phenomenon of air drumming."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"Gold attempts to show Power as a "Napoleon Dynamite"-like charmer, but Gold's spastic performance induces more cringes than smiles."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"The playful plot with go-figure ending is bubbly, and the mechanics of the film are on-point for the most part."
‑ Matthew Nestel, Boxoffice Magazine
"Writer/director/actor Ari Gold has made a competent student film that would graduate him from any film school with flying colors--that's to say, here is an example of a filmmaker who hasn't yet begun to find his own voice."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The rhythm's off in this goofy tale of an air-drumming underdog."
‑ Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
"So would-be hip it hurts, Adventures of Power is barely watchable, despite the presence of such pros as Michael McKean and Jane Lynch."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"The film's penchant for dorky nostalgia -- especially '70s and '80s-era music -- quickly becomes irritating. It deserves a real tongue-lashing for trying to re-introduce the inexplicable Mr. Mister hit "Kyrie" into the American consciousness."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Underdog comedy is no Napoleon Dynamite."
‑ James Rocchi, Common Sense Media
"A pretty agonizing affair."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Cinematical
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