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Film Review: “Adult World”

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Film #33 of 2014: Adult World (2013)    image

Amy, a naive college graduate who believes she’s destined to be a great poet, begrudgingly accepts a job at a sex shop while she pursues a mentorship with reclusive writer Rat Billings. The sex shop is aptly titled “Adult World” – a great pun for the film. It is not all depressing for Amy though, as she meets two interesting characters during her journey.

Adult World has all the ingredients needed for an indie comedy, right down to bike riding with a drag queen in the winter time! Fitting the bill is non other than John Cusack, who would have been in a film like this in the 1980′s.

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Ironically Emma Roberts is cast as the lead, someone who has been given opportunities when the character she plays and the people she is trying to represent has very little to none.

This movie makes you doubt everything, question your life, and if you have taken the right path. You think you know what you want to do with your life and it turns out it is not going to happen. 

Many of my generation can relate to this film because of the current economic state. The film delves into the post college graduation slump so many young adults find themselves in today. You are ready to get a career out of university that you were told is the gateway to a better future and you wrong. Essentially sold a “bill” of goods, racking up more student debts then if you traveled first class to Europe a few times.

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[Emma Roberts met her fiance Evan Peters while making this film.]

The film also delves into the celebrity generation, and how so many people think they are talented, special or perhaps the next best thing. How can today’s generation compete with the Justin Bieber’s of this world?

 “Fame is your generation’s Black Plague.” John Cusaks character Rat Billings remakars in the movie. 

It is a sad world when you have to doubt yourself and your talent if you have a dream and/or a strong passion for it. Why does life hate these kind of characters that are driven and just trying to follow that? The film seems to hate this kind of character too, trying to change Amy (and take her out of her comfort zone). 

Adult World, though not perfect, has put in some effort and should be seen. It has some smart, funny and painful things to say about the desire to make art versus the desire to be famous for it.

Fair | 6/10

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