Amy is naïve and anxious to get her poetry career off of the ground. She begrudgingly accepts a job at the local sex shop, Adult World, while pursuing a surefire kick-start for her success. She finds inspiration in this most improbable situation..
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I made a personal vow to watch a film in its entirety before reviewing it on MUBI. I almost succeeded! Bailed after 54 min. on this alleged piece of entertainment. At least I disclosed that I couldn't stand to sit thru it, but after 54 minutes, it was just getting dumber. A trite comedy.
This thing has a lot of issues (asinine instances that awkwardly mesh humor and drama, a protagonist that feels like a victim of multiple-personality disorder, a transgender character clearly added in for shock/difference, etc), however, I can't shake the themes of embargoed creativity and the post-collegelistlessness topics I love to bring up in my reviews. Decent performances and strong themes barely save this.
I am giving this movie five stars because I think it was absolutely wonderful. This movie was charming too but not only that, it was beyond good. I fell in love with Amy. She made me laugh, she's so sincere and also sassy and just fucking GREAT! I cried with her, I was psyched for her. Definitely recommend this film that not only had humour but also a message.
More interesting than it might seem. Tropes are subverted cleverly -- Cusack's character, moments with the parents, a duplicitous protagonist. I liked the film's dry and simple tone as well which nicely fit the film's 'you're not special' message. Not to mention Emma Roberts gives a great performance.
I find this film very hilarious, I laughed out loud a few times. But mostly I related to it because I'm also a lost college student that has an aspiration that's going nowhere. And seeing Emma Roberts as this kind of character really amazed me, as I'm used to seeing her as the queen bee/bitchy kind of character.
Emma Roberts is no actress. Not in this, at least. And even that the recently-undergraduate-girl-working-at-some-embarrassing-place-trying-to-fulfil-her-dreams-by-not-giving-up-hope sort of story is very current, this wasn't the slightest bit bearable.