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Adult World (2013)

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A naive college graduate, Amy, who believes she's destined to be a great poet, begrudgingly accepts a job in a shop while she pursues a mentorship with reclusive writer Rat Billings.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Roberts ... Amy
Summer Shelton ... Creative Writing Professor
Chris Riggi ... Josh
Shannon Woodward ... Candace
Catherine Lloyd Burns ... Sheryl
Reed Birney ... Todd
Manu Gargi Manu Gargi ... Mr. Shah
Patricia Squire ... Old Blind Woman (as Pat Squire)
Cloris Leachman ... Mary Ann
Scott Coffey ... Bookstore Owner
John Cullum ... Stan
Evan Peters ... Alex
Joshua Barry Ward Joshua Barry Ward ... Customer Rick (as Joshua B. Ward)
Justin Nappi ... Customer Man
John Cusack ... Rat Billings


A naive college graduate, Amy, who believes she's destined to be a great poet, begrudgingly accepts a job in a shop while she pursues a mentorship with reclusive writer Rat Billings.

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When life gets hard, rise to the occasion.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 February 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Akatallilo gia anilikous See more »

Filming Locations:

Syracuse, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,368, 16 February 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,740, 9 March 2014
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Shot over a period of 22 days. See more »


As Rat is giving advice/encouragement to Amy through the open window after she returns his poems, he rises from his crouched position to stand while he is speaking. Rat pauses and the scene cuts to a front shot of Amy, but he is back in a crouched position. When the shot returns to a front view of Rat, he is standing again. See more »


Rubia: Whose the dead girl on the wall?
Amy: Sylvia.
Rubia: Oh how she die?
Amy: She stuck her head in the oven.
Rubia: Oh that's bananas
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Featured in Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.17 (2014) See more »


Written by Dan Boeckner and Alexei Perry
Performed by Handsome Furs
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Not Entertaining but Not Bad
24 January 2016 | by dansviewSee all my reviews

I'm not familiar with Emma Roberts. But I thought she was quite effective here. I totally bought her rendition of a clueless college kid with lots of "feelings."

It was a tad depressing to see a depiction of another brainless kid with massive college loan debt and no knowledge of anything under the sun. Why do parents buy into that scam. At least here the parents try to point out the danger of her absurd and spoiled pursuit. But of course they coddled her and bankrolled it for years.

The other silly notion that liberal arts grads. carry around is that they were all meant to do something unique and special. Cusack's character has some of the best lines in the movie when he reminds her that not everyone is talented or destined for greatness.

Congratulations to the writers for also having the young male lead remind our girl that she was a worthless, lazy employee and an elitist. With the help of these good friends, she manages to learn something.

We later learn that the young male lead has his own hobbies and passions which this self-absorbed pixie never bothered to inquire about. But it was refreshing that she was a virgin and that the young man took time to really get to know her.

I also appreciate the Syracuse in Winter setting. Like I've said in other reviews, not every movie has to take place in some glamorous mainstream city. There are plenty of human stories taking shape in gray places that no one would otherwise think about if they weren't the setting in a movie.

There's not much memorable music here, which is fine, because it was a dialogue and character-driven half-comedy. I don't need Indie mood music for such a film.

There are no sexy scenes worth mentioning by the way. Roberts goes without makeup and our old mentor played by Cusack is refreshingly not a "perv."

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