Adult World

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Scott Coffey
Production: IFC Films
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min

Oblivion receding, the abyss opening,

the screaming dirt of chaos blinding.

Strong meter, Amy.

Strong words.

- Thank you.

- Mazel Tov.


You're up next.


I love your words.

This is "emerald ambrosia:

An ode to absinthe."

Picture it with no punctuation,

because there is none.

An incredibles poet on campus.

- Your turn.

- Oh.

- Whoa!

- Yep.

Just...Okay, yank it.

- Are you still a virgin?

- No, no, I'm not, actually.

It's beautiful.

Your poetry is really beautiful.

I feel like I can see inside of you.

I want to be inside of you.

- Here?

- Mm-hmm.


- What was that?

- Nothing.

Wait, wait, wait.

Just relax. Just relax.

What are you doing?!

- Easy, easy!

- Come on! It's art!

Stop! Whoa whoa!


Your dirt metaphor's a clich,

and your poetry sucks!

- I hate that song.

- Me too.

By the way, what a misogynistic pig.

You should have castrated that guy.

I don't even care anymore, you know?

I'm resilient.

I'd like to share something with you.

"Amnesiac magazine grins,

feeding from the mall,

polyblend combustion burning

on the escalator to nowhere."

Oh, my God, I think I just

got my period.

So haunting, so ahead of its time

it's practically ancient.


Soon, we'll be free of this hellhole.

As the days died early,

she longed escape from her cage.

Thank's mom!

Here, honey.

These were on the printers.

You have a lot of submissions.

There's a small reading fee

for a few of the reviews.

Small? How small?

Well, um, a lot of the

reviews have prizes.

Like, the finger lakes' prize is $1,000,

and I'm a shoo-in.

I mean, you're only eligible

if you're an unpublished,

female poet under the age of 25

from upstate New York.




Dad, can I get some stamp money?

Amy, you know

we believe in your talent,

and we know how

special you really are,

but, um, we can't afford to subsidize

your poetry career.

Okay, I know it seems like

I'm not really doing anything right now,

but I am writing nonstop,

all the time.

Things are pouring out of me

you wouldn't even believe.

I could have a volume of poetry

in a week.

I mean, I'm feeling a lot.

I'm thinking a lot.

I'm...I'm inspired, dad.

I'm inspired!

Sweetie, you've got $90,000

in student loans,

and you've already spent a couple

of thousand on these submissions.

so, we can give you an extension for

another week, but, after that, no more.

We just have to cut the

umbilical cord.


Let's see what happens with those.

And here's some stamp money...

Just until you win the pulitzer.

- I love you.

- Thanks, dad.

I will suffer through this.

I will suffer through this!


Twice a week would be wonderful.


I could pay you $4.25 an hour.

It was a sign...

Literally and figuratively.

Hi, Hon.

Need some help?

- No, I-I...I didn't mean to come in.

- You come about the job?

No! No, no, no, no.

Not at...


It won't bite you.


Nope. Sorry.

We're not hiring.

I could be a real asset here.

I know everything there is to

know about poetry.

Rat billings is doing a signing

here at this bookstore?

- Yeah, you like him?

- Like?!

"The squalor of splendor"

is one of my favorite poems ever written.

He was 18 when he did that.

It's the best thing he ever did.

He's a good training-wheels poet

if you're not ready for the great ones yet.

Rat billings is the great.

Salinger worked in a

meat-processing plant.

Stanley, this nice, young woman

has come in about the job.

My friends know where I am!


C- come on.

Go on. Don't be afraid.

Got any experience working retail?

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