The logline that Netflix states about the film is:
“While working at a sex shop to make ends meet, recent college grad Am pursues her dream of becoming a famous poet – and stalks her punk poet idol.”
This film is yet another satire that I am suggesting. This is a story about sheltered kids who have been smothered with praise their whole lives to only step out into the real adult world to only realize that their pre-conceived notion about life that they had doesn’t really match up to actual reality.
Emma Roberts, who plays a persistent, annoying and naïve girl is at her best in this film. Her biggest dream is to be a famous poet. Yet, that is all she wants to be is famous. Her character doesn’t understand what fame is and the disease that it truly is. She becomes a protégé to John Cusack’s character, Rat Billings, her poet hero. His character represents the black plague that fame brings to you in your youth. He has become reclusive, cynical, pessimistic and old despite being a famous poet yet, Amy wants to be exactly like him.
The casting in this film brings a great dynamic to the story. Although Amy is annoying and she isn’t annoying for us to be sympathetic, but to only be portrayed that way for the viewer’s amusement. If people understood this, then I think more people would enjoy the film because that issue is the reason why people either love or hate this film.
If you like Evan Peters and “quiet guy” love stories, where the good nice guy wins in the end then this film is for you. Seriously, the kiss between Evan Peters and Emma Roberts in this film may be one of the best kisses you will see in an indie film.
The most important thing you can learn from this film is that if a person goes through life doing everything for themselves, they will be unhappy. You have to have a greater cause other than yourself. Amy only writes poetry to show off to other people so she can be famous. Once she learns that she needs to give to a greater cause other than herself then she begins to finds her enlightenment. You shouldn’t ever do things just for yourself because you will be left broken inside. But, if we find a greater cause to constantly give to then we as human beings can find a positive sense of direction in life.
This is a good film for all kinds of people. It is a great coming of age satire that keeps you very intrigued during the whole film. Adult World is fresh and contrasting and that is why I think you will enjoy it.