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Adventures of Power (DVD Review)

16 Jan, 2011 By: Ashley Ratcliff

Street 1/25/11
Phase 4
Box Office $0.02 million
$29.99 DVD
Rated ‘PG-13’ for some language including sexual references.
Stars Ari Gold, Jane Lynch, Adrian Grenier, Shoshannah Stern, Michael McKean.

Power (Ari Gold) is too quirky for his own good. The 30-something mineworker still lives with his Aunt Joanie (Jane Lynch), eats a daily regimen of mixed cereals and marches to the beat of his own (air) drum up and down the streets of Lode, N.M.

His outlandish ambition of becoming an air-drumming legend has been a source of embarrassment for his union leader father, Harlan (Michael McKean). All Power ever wanted as a child was a drum set, but his dad couldn’t afford it. The gap between the two grows when Power is fired due to an air-drumming-related mishap and Harlan incites a strike against the mining corporation’s pay cuts.

Power seizes the opportunity to take his craft to unknown heights, and that’s when Adventures of Power starts to get interesting.

His journey leads him to Newark, N.J., where he connects with air-drumming master Carlos (Steven Williams), who has hooks for hands, and joins his squad of misfits in training for a big competition. Newark is full of equally awkward people, and Power develops a strange romance with one of them: Annie (Shoshannah Stern), the deaf daughter of a fanatical Christian who believes rock ‘n’ roll is “the devil’s music.”

Adventures of Power is reminiscent of Napoleon Dynamite, for all the right reasons. Amusing dialogue, slow-motion montages, an impromptu dance routine and the final air-drum battle make for some good laughs.

Adventures of Power is loaded with bonus material, including deleted scenes, one notably featuring the stars of Adult Swim’s “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” as thugs. Also included are three short films by Gold, music videos and an interview with Neil Peart, drummer of Canadian rock band Rush, who has a cameo and a comical “Power vs. Peart” battle.

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