movie: Adult World
starring: John Cusack, Emma Roberts
genre: Comedy, Drama,
format: Netflix Canada
plot: A college grad desperately wants to be a poet, and decides to inject herself into the life of her hero by becoming his assistant. She finds herself broke and kicked out of her parents place, and ends up working in an adult video store.
There is this underlining theme of innocence to the whole thing. Yes, the main characters work in a porn shop, but none of them come across as perverted; treating it more like working in a coffee house or library. (loved the scene when the one character is telling her about the porn version of the dewy decimal system)
The film is more about heartbreak then anything else. The lead character is thrown into a harsh reality and is reacting like anyone would. (seeing her best friend get published before her on her first try, having her first bit of real fame coming in the form of bad reviews) The disappointment driving her to be over dramatic to the point of smashing her hero's classic guitar.
Cusack's character is perfect as the aged hero who finds himself stuck with her badgering him through the whole film, and you find yourself identifying with his character as much as the lead's. His stunt to get her to really look at her life is pitch perfect in it's cruelty and humour.
There were moments when I kept thinking of the 1994 movie Reality Bites, there really isn't anything to draw a comparison, but for whatever reason, I kept being drawn myself back to the spirit of that film.