IFC Films | Release Date: February 14, 2014
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AS9081Mar 20, 2014
Adult World is a movie you may end up loving despite its drawbacks. Its main flaw is the loose directing which lets actors and scenes flow in a freewheeling fashion that lacks discipline. It feels like a first or second film by a directorAdult World is a movie you may end up loving despite its drawbacks. Its main flaw is the loose directing which lets actors and scenes flow in a freewheeling fashion that lacks discipline. It feels like a first or second film by a director recently released from movie school. However, we have a wonderful main actress here who positively shines in her role, the widely ambitious poetry lover who is just learning about the 'adult world'. Cusack continues his tradition of choosing indie roles with a bit of bite and originality and plays the role of disillusioned poet with skill - if Hollywood doesn't exactly love him there are plenty of seasoned movie fans who do.

That the adult world is a place destined to disillusion is not a new message or theme but one which bares repeating over and over and this movie does it in a worthwhile and admirable way. In our celebrity mad culture there are few enough voices assuring that it is all a waste of time, a play of illusion, here Cusack's world weary poet lets his young fan know of the drawbacks of fame in no uncertain terms.
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