Shy 14-year-old Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend's daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park.
After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.
David O. Russell
Robert De Niro
A day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.
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 dated someone that worked there in 2002 and would hang around sometimes because it was a strange and hilarious place to spend an hour or so. As a matter of fact, I found Syracuse to be full of some truly warped people and I really enjoyed the weirdness. In some ways this film reflects the bizarreness of that city, but I must admit a lot of the situations I found myself in were completely over the top, fairly similar to the scenes in this film but if they were ever filmed they would never be seen. It's possible the script for this film was dumbed down to make the material more accessible for the average audience. I would also like to note that it snowed a lot more than this film shows, like all the time in the winter.
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