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Adult World (2013)

  • Rate: 6.5/10 total 923 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 14 February 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 97 min
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Adult World (2013)


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  • IMDb page: Adult World (2013)
  • Rate: 6.5/10 total 923 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 14 February 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 97 min
  • Filming Location: Syracuse, New York, USA
  • Director: Scott Coffey
  • Stars: Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, John Cusack | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: BC Smith   
  • Soundtrack: Cannot Get Started
  • Plot Keyword: College | Poetry | Independent Film

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Andy Cochran  written by

Known Trivia

  • Evan Peters and Emma Roberts are engaged. 40 of 43 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Ritchie Hoffman auditioned for the role of “Manny.” The role went to Evan Peters and the character’s name was changed to “Alex.” 4 of 7 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Shiloh Fernandez auditioned for the role of Manny. 1 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Plot: Amy, a naive college graduate who believes she's destined to be a great poet, begrudgingly accepts a job at a sex shop while she pursues a mentorship with reclusive writer Rat Billings. |  »

Story: Amy, a naive college graduate who believes she’s destined to be a great poet, begrudgingly accepts a job at a sex shop while she pursues a mentorship with reclusive writer Rat Billings.

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Mohammed Al Turki known as executive producer
  • Juliet Berman known as associate producer
  • Manu Gargi known as producer
  • Alex Goldstone known as producer
  • Joy Gorman known as producer
  • Paul Green known as executive producer
  • Joel Michaely known as executive producer
  • Justin Nappi known as producer
  • Summer Shelton known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • John Cusack known as Rat Billings
  • Emma Roberts known as Amy
  • Armando Riesco known as Rubia
  • Shannon Woodward known as Candace
  • Chris Riggi known as Josh
  • Darin Scott known as Apartment Manager
  • Scott Coffey known as Bookstore owner
  • Jo Mei known as Yumi
  • Leah Lauren known as Maggie
  • Reed Birney known as Todd
  • Catherine Lloyd Burns known as Sheryl
  • Becky Cerio known as Bus Driver
  • John Cullum known as Stan
  • Alexander Edinger known as Customer Max
  • Edward Ellison known as Pablo
  • Manu Gargi known as Mr. Shah
  • Cloris Leachman known as Mary Anne
  • A. Kyo Moon known as Hetero Man
  • Justin Nappi known as Customer Man
  • Avery Pastella known as Girl at Party
  • Evan Peters known as Alex
  • Marshico Robinson known as Hetero Woman
  • Summer Shelton known as Creative Writing Professor
  • Arthur Sicilia known as Dancer
  • Patricia Squire known as Old Blind Woman
  • William P. Szczech known as Cop Roy
  • Evelina Turen known as Allison (as Evelina Oboza)
  • Joshua Barry Ward known as Customer Rick
  • Shawn-Ray Dalinsky known as Student (uncredited)
  • Jordan Glaski known as Store Customer (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Betsy Kelly known as makeup department head
  • Nicole Khitrik known as hair stylist
  • Amanda Walter known as assistant makeup artist
  • Jackie Zbuska known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Susie Cody known as art department production assistant
  • Joey Genitempo known as key scenic artist
  • Robert Kramer known as set dresser




Production Companies:

  • Treehouse Pictures
  • Anonymous Content (in association with)

Other Companies:

  • Anarchy Post  ADR recording
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Gray Krauss Des Rochers  legal services
  • Sonic Magic  post-production facilities


  • IFC Films (2013) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Madman Entertainment (2014) (Australia) (DVD)
  • Madman Entertainment (2014) (Australia) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2013) (Bangladesh) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2013) (Bhutan) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2013) (India) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2013) (Nepal) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2013) (Pakistan) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2013) (Sri Lanka) (all media)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:
  • Eric Tosstorff known as title designer

MPAA: Rated R for sexual content and some drug use



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. Clayton Davis ( from New Jersey
    18 Feb 2014, 6:00 pm

    There are always films that seem to define the youth of the decade. Inthe 1980s, you can make an argument for any of the "rat pack" moviesbut I remain the closest to John Hughes' The Breakfast Club (1985). Inthe 1990s, the hilarious and raunchy American Pie (1999) that bookendeda great decade of dramatic and comedic cinema. Scott Coffey's newestendeavor Adult World starring the talented and adorable Emma Roberts isa touching and uproariously entertaining comedy about a recent collegegraduate Amy that believes she's destined to be the next great poet.When things don't go in her favor, Amy gets a job at an adult bookstore called "Adult World."

    Written by Andy Cochran, who has written episodes for MTV's "Teen Wolf"and "Super Sweet 16: The Movie," the first-time movie screenwriterassembles an assortment of creative and unique characters with genuinedeeds that feel credible and realistic. Director Coffey does acommendable job transporting the audience through the story , insertingvarieties of colors, beats, and instances of emotional connection. It'sone of the best films seen at the Tribeca Film Festival and could oneof the crowd-pleasing films of the year upon release.

    Emma Roberts, best known for her whimsical turns in films like NancyDrew (2007) and Scream 4 (2011), charms the pants off the audience inher role of Amy. Roberts is head-over-heels hilarious and manages tocapture the hearts of all. It's an interesting conundrum that Robertscreates for the viewer, as her piercing voice that should make you pullyour hair out, manages to be her supernatural fairy dust thatmagnetizes our cinematic senses to her cutesy persona. It's aperformance that will define her as a capable leading lady with apossible Golden Globe mention to prove the theory down the road inawards season. Roberts is completely lovable.

    Roberts cannot take all the credit as the terrific cast that surroundsher are just as remarkable. As the awkward and misanthropic poet RatBillings, John Cusack delivers one of his better works as of late.Playing extremely well off of Roberts, Cusack's character choices andmannerisms are simply comic genius. Taking a break from the creepy,serial killer that we have grown to love about Evan Peters on FX's"American Horror Story," he plays the sensitive and charming Alex withwonderful restrain. Completely stealing the show and delivering myfavorite supporting turn of the year so far is Armando Riesco. Bestknown for his brief roles in Garden State (2004) and Che (2008), as theflamboyant and lovable Rubia, Riesco commands the screen and stealsfocus from every actor on set. It's a memorable and dedicating turn byan actor that was in need of a big break into the hearts of viewers. Ibelieve he's found it.

    Adult World is a must-see comedy. Heartwarming and beautifully tender,the only flaw the film suffers is being a smidge too long. One of thegreat things that the Tribeca Film Festival offers, Adult World is anabsolute delight.

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  2. Siebert_Tenseven from United States
    18 Feb 2014, 6:00 pm

    This was a cool film and I'm glad they used Syracuse as the location,but they didn't use the actual Adult World store on Route 5. I datedsomeone that worked there in 2002 and would hang around sometimesbecause it was a strange and hilarious place to spend an hour or so. Asa matter of fact, I found Syracuse to be full of some truly warpedpeople and I really enjoyed the weirdness. In some ways this filmreflects the bizarreness of that city, but I must admit a lot of thesituations I found myself in were completely over the top, fairlysimilar to the scenes in this film but if they were ever filmed theywould never be seen. It's possible the script for this film was dumbeddown to make the material more accessible for the average audience. Iwould also like to note that it snowed a lot more than this film shows,like all the time in the winter.

  3. Jesse Boland from Burnaby, BC Canada
    18 Feb 2014, 6:00 pm

    Tiny little Emma Roberts is such a mighty force. This small town girland her relentless unwillingness to even hear the word "no" makes thisa totally delightful movie. John Cusack is really fun to watch as herunwilling mentor. The way that he plays with her to make her have toreally feel things for the first time, without being some creepyEnglish Professor who would want more in return he is more than willing(after a spell) to really wake her up. Amy is so innocent, and the waythat she touches the people around her is just sweet, and enduring.Like an irritating little humming bird she plows her way through anysituation. All of the supporting cast are great, and do a really goodjob of just filling in the background as Amy finally starts to listen,and learn. I really Enjoyed the tenderness of this movie, yeah cheese Iknow, but it is really sweet. (I spent a lot of years renting peoplemovies so it held a little something extra for me) I recommend thismovie you will feel as taken in by Amy as I was there is no doubt, theway that she is so open, and lacking in judgment it is good to see herfail, and get back up again. This is very much an indie movie but it isfilled with top talent.

  4. Steve Pulaski from United States
    18 Feb 2014, 6:00 pm

    There is a scene in Scott Coffey's Adult World involving a transgendermale and a devout and somewhat psychotic poet riding a bike made fortwo chasing after an elusive poet who is speeding away in a car so thatthe psychotic poet can make another attempt at talking to her biggestinfluence and showing just how weirdly intrusive she can be.

    Stating that scene and that scene only to a person would make themthink said film is nothing but a desperate little comedy, when inreality, Adult World is another one of those films that is actuallywise and thoughtful but dressed up in stupid people's clothes. SeemsI'm running into this unfortunate predicament a lot. The problem withthis kind of filmmaking tactic, whether it's intentional orunintentional, is that it has the potential of alienating those whoneed to see the film the most.

    The film focuses on a recent college graduate named Amy (Emma Roberts,whom I never tired of seeing). A poetry major who has racked up over$90k in student loans, Amy wishes she could make a living verbalizingwhatever comes to her mind and carry on with a relatively safe butfulfilling life. However, reality – and her parents – prohibit thisdream from happening, so Amy must get a real job, and with littleoptions, she accepts a job at Adult World, the local provider ofvibrators, sex dolls, pornographic movies, sex toys, lube, etc.

    Amy is repulsed at first, as she's always kind of sheltered herselffrom the icky realms of human pleasure and sexual exploration, but shequickly befriends the charming Alex (Evan Peters), who shares some ofher interests as well as her circumstances. Amy, however, is desperatein trying to win the attention of Rat Billings (John Cusack), one ofher favorite poets who has recently come to town. She pesters Rat,constantly invading his privacy and bugging him, until he offers her aposition as his assistant at Syracuse University.

    The three main actors rarely misstep in their performances, however,the character of Amy is definitely skating on thin ice in terms ofacceptability. Amy, when by herself or with Alex, is fine, but whenshe's in the company of Rat, she becomes obsessive, hyper, andborderline psychotic. The problem with that is not only is that thisside of her is annoying but it lessens her realism as this fanaticalbehavior is not the kind you'd think she'd be doing. It's almost likeshe suffers from multiple-personality disorder.

    And again, there's a sort of convention to the material, despite thefilm's characters being relatively unique. Then there's a transgendercharacter that is nothing more than a character to have to muster upsome shock amongst audience members. But the thing that sets AdultWorld apart from other dramas is that it doesn't hesitate to explorethe blessing and the curse that is being creative in contemporaryAmerica. In a country that is advanced predominately by scientific,mathematical, and technological milestones and achievements,opportunities, let alone viable ones, for liberal arts, poets, English,or writers are scarce. It's almost as if in an increasingly complexworld, those who attempt to define it aren't wanted.

    It's a sad fact and Adult World pleasantly recognizes it, giving us alikable protagonist who is good at what she does – confident, amiable,and always friendly – but burdened by a lack of opportunities. She hasbravely majored in poetry, but is now facing reality in that the onlypotentially-lucrative job for her is a published author, but good luckgetting someone to read your work. And, oh yeah, here's a bill nearsix-figures for that college education too.

    I plan on attending college this fall as an English major with a minorin a business field, perhaps marketing. I'm completely unsure of wherethose fields will get me and those like me are probably equally unsure.Adult World is a film for those types of people to see – people whoknow what they want to be, know what they like, and have found apassion at a young age, but are tragically low on opportunities.

    Starring: Emma Roberts, John Cusack, and Evan Peters. Directed by:Scott Coffey.

  5. LilyJayne from Massachusetts
    18 Feb 2014, 6:00 pm

    I won free pass to Tribeca. It was awesome. I saw Robert DeNiro in thecrowd, at least I think it was him. But he got me so exited for thismovie. I had not heard of it, so expect didn't know. But it turns outto be very funny. Amy is Emma Roberts, he plays her well. She is socute and funny. It makes her play her well. John Cuesack is also funnybut not as cute but I like him to. The story is worth watching so Iwon't tell it to you. It is funny so I think you should see it. I hopeit plays in every theater. But I do not know if commercials areplaying. I saw none. I watch TV and I did not see it. Remember when youmake up your mind to go see it.

  6. redber from Canada
    18 Feb 2014, 6:00 pm

    A little tenuous. Revering in most segments and flat in, with a still,stiff viewer, hanging on, not initiated to explore the frame of thepicture. Yes. It's Offside.

    Mangling here and there, forth and backwards. Yes, awkward in it'sdelivery in sustenance for the viewer. Choking down burnt popcorn is awaste of money when you can watch a gripping picture that has youmunching without awareness of what. You're just lost. Deep in the worldpresented. Here, we are not in the picture. We're outside of it.

    Watching a screen of uninteresting images with characters lackingdynamic, and giving typical eye-rolling looks to each other. Yeah, youjust want to jolt out of your seat and run in to watch Wolf. But thereit is. There's the stinger. It's the anxiety it gives you of holdingback, stiffly.

    Without consent, without surrender. You stay there until the end. Idon't know why. Objectively, just leave. But when your there, you sit.And look. It worked. In a good way? Hardly onside.

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