Adult World – DVD review 3/5 stars
Here we go again, a fairly decent “coming of age” comedy about a naive college graduate (Emma Roberts) who believes she’s destined to be a great poet. With her debts mounting, and poetry not paying, she begrudgingly accepts a job at an adult video store/sex shop while she pursues a mentorship with her favourite poet, the reclusive Rat Billings (John Cusack).
I was particularly interested in Adult World as I work in a video store (not an adult video store but we do have that section in the back room) and I have enjoyed Emma Roberts in the past. She definitely did a good job bringing Amy to life here, and made her just poetic enough that I was rooting for her the entire movie. They touched on the obvious jokes that can be made working in an adult video store, but didn’t dwell on it too much or make it overly sleazy. The relationships that Amy made with her boss (Evan Peters) and his friends and the customers (such as the cross dressing Rubia played by Armando Riesco) were interesting and made helped to hilight Amy’s contrasting relationship with Cusack’s reclusive poet.
Bottom Line: Likeable cast and performances help this one, but it seemed to lose it’s way at points.