Adult World

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Released 2014

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Director:
Scott Coffey
Released:
2014
Rating:
R
In this satirical, sharp-edged comedy, Amy (Emma Roberts) is a naïve, awkward aspiring poet in a post-grad existence that is going nowhere. Living with her parents in a bland upstate New York town, certain of her yet-to-be-acknowledged literary greatness and desperate for income, she begrudgingly accepts a job at Adult World, the local sex shop owned by a frisky elderly couple (including a wonderful Cloris Leachman) and staffed by diva transvestite Rubio and adorable local boy Alex. Amy balances her work amongst the pornography and sex toys by fiercely pursuing a surefire kick start for her success: a mentorship with reclusive, crusty and alcoholic writer Rat Billings, played by a bitterly funny John Cusack.

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  • 63

    Movie Nation Roger Moore

    There's nothing deep in this script, and the delayed romance, between real-life lovers Roberts and Evan Peters (of "American Horror Story") sets off no sparks. The characters are s...

  • 50

    Slant Magazine

    The title of Scott Coffey's new film is a pretty obvious double entendre, but it does efficiently convey the good intentions behind this scattershot production.

  • 33

    The Playlist Gabe Toro

    Wanting to create a leading character worth rooting for, and experiencing the schadenfreude that comes from her failure, is a complex balancing act, one that Adult World simply can...

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