Emma Roberts plays Amy, a 22 year-old, recent college graduate with $90,000 in student loans, obsessively believes she is destined to be a great poet, when she hasn’t even had any real experience with life. Running away from home, she can only find a job as a clerk in Adult World, a store that rents/sells sex films and toys.
While Emma earnestly tries to make us believe in Amy, it’s hard not to dismiss her as a spoiled brat…as does John Cusack’s character Rat Billings, who is Amy’s poet idol.
Thanks to great performances by Cusack, Armando Riesco as a drag queen, Cloris Leachman as the owner of Adult World and Evan Peters as the eventual love interest plus…let’s face it…Emma’s cuteness, the film is interesting enough to appeal to fans of movies like High Fidelity and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Adult World is currently appearing at The Tribeca Film Festival. I give it a 3 out of 5.