Rated: R for sexual content and some drug use. Reviewed by: Jim Release date: February 14, 2014 Released by: IFC Films
Though having a fine acerbic turn from John Cusack, a purported winsome comedy starring an adorable Emma Roberts is a little too uneven and psychotic like her recent college graduate Amy who sees great things in her as a poet.
With a flashback after a Sylvia Path interlude, Scott Coffey's Adult World revolves around Amy's milieu in the titular emporium with all kinds of lewd materials. Roberts does an about face from recent big-screen fare set in a grimy Syracuse that doesn't invite her usual cute whimsy. As Amy deals with adulthood involving much student loan debt there is something grating as this pixie-like waif attempts to be just a little sympathetic.
Perhaps in an overlong, lurching episodic script by Andy Cochran of MTV's Teen Wolf she fares slightly better than she should because of the actors around her, especially Cusack whose elusive misanthropic visiting Rat Billings Amy pesters. Roberts's American Horror Story: Coven costar Evan Peters is less hyper and creepy her as the vulnerable Alex and Armando Riesco of Che and Garden State is the flamboyant, scene-stealing transvestite Rubia who help make this quirky ride almost bearable.