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Adventureland
     

Adventureland

4.2 17
Director: Greg Mottola, Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Martin Starr

Cast: Greg Mottola, Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Martin Starr

 

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Inspired by writer/director Greg Mottola's own true-life job-from-hell experience, Adventureland stars The Education of Charlie Banks' Jesse Eisenberg as an uptight recent college graduate who discovers that he'll have to get a degrading minimum-wage job at a local amusement park instead of spending his summer drinking

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Inspired by writer/director Greg Mottola's own true-life job-from-hell experience, Adventureland stars The Education of Charlie Banks' Jesse Eisenberg as an uptight recent college graduate who discovers that he'll have to get a degrading minimum-wage job at a local amusement park instead of spending his summer drinking German beer, visiting world-class museums, and flirting with cute French girls. It's the summer of 1987, and James Brennan (Eisenberg) has just graduated from college. James is all set to embark on his dream tour of Europe when his parents (Wendie Malick and Jack Gilpin) suddenly announce that they won't be able to subsidize the trip. Now the only things James has to look forward to this summer are sugar-fueled children, belligerent dads, and an endless parade of giant stuffed animals. When James strikes up a relationship with captivating co-worker Em (Kristen Stewart), however, he finally starts to loosen up. Suddenly, the worst summer ever doesn't seem quite so bad.

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Touted in ads as the latest raucous comedy from the director of Superbad, Adventureland isn't what it looks like -- but it's still good. With an even makeup of one part '80s nostalgia, one part rowdy teen farce, and one part pensive, emotional drama, the film may seem a little modest at first (especially for those expecting it to push the fantastic limits of manic R-rated teenage hilarity the way its predecessor did), but don't write it off as emo. Most of the sentimental stuff is genuine and sweet. And, yes, there are plenty of dick jokes. The story takes place in 1987, as James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg) has just finished college, and is gearing up for a trip to Europe before starting grad school in the fall. But, of course, things don't go as planned, and he ends up back at his parents' house, working at the local amusement park to stash away money for next year's rent. Lots of quality workplace humor ensues, as James spends his summer vacation awarding the winners of rigged carnival games with cheap plush toys, bonding with hometown losers and other weirdos (Ryan Reynolds, Martin Starr), falling in love with the park's resident sarcastic hottie (Kristen Stewart), and getting punched in the balls every day by his spastic childhood best friend (Matt Bush). It covers all the requisite ground for a nostalgic coming-of-age summer comedy
omance (the hero discovering his dad's vices, an embarrassing case of arrested virginity, flagrant use of "Rock Me Amadeus"), but Adventureland works because it does all of that really, really well. That's partly thanks to a spot-on cast. Eisenberg carries the movie with a graceful balance of charisma and nerdiness, tempering his athletic build and cut-from-marble cheekbones with a guileless stammer (even if he does sometimes sound like he's doing an impression of Michael Cera), and Kristen Stewart is fairly irresistible as the sometimes awkward, always disarming love interest, Em. Ryan Reynolds also turns in an impressive performance, in what turns out to be a kind of self-effacing role for an actor who made a name for himself playing the fast-talking cool guy. Adventureland is also delightful because it's intensely sincere -- something hard to pull off in a movie set in the dated, but not yet historical past. Because the movie never feels sneering or mean-spirited, it makes this particular past feel like your own, even if your formative summers never involved menial labor, acid-wash jeans, or torrid first romances with reticent brunettes. It all inspires a sense of affection that makes it easy to love, whether the hero is pouring his heart out, or just enduring a good old-fashioned punch to the testicles.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/25/2009
UPC:
0786936769289
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax
Region Code:
A
Time:
1:47:00

Special Features

Blu-Ray Exclusives: Frigo's Taps - A satiric "How To" on inflicting unexpected pain; Lisa P's guide to Style; Welcome to Adventureland - Adventureland commercials, orientation training video, drug policy; Deleted scenes; Just My Life: The making of Adventureland; Feature commentary - with writer/director Greg Mottola and actor Jesse Eisenberg; Picture music selection

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jesse Eisenberg James Brennan
Kristen Stewart Em Lewin
Martin Starr Joel Schiffman
Kristen Wiig Paulette
Bill Hader Bobby
Margarita Levieva Lisa P.
Ryan Reynolds Mike Connell
Josh Pais Mr. Lewin
Wendie Malick Mrs. Brennan
Mary Birdsong Francy
Matt Bush Tommy Frigo
Paige Howard Sue O'Malley
Dan Bittner Pete O'Malley
Jack Gilpin Mr. Brennan

Technical Credits
Greg Mottola Director,Screenwriter
Declan Baldwin Co-producer
Stephen Beatrice Production Designer
Anne Carey Producer
Ann Goulder Casting
Ted Hope Producer
William Horberg Executive Producer
Sidney Kimmel Producer
Anne McCabe Editor
Tracy McKnight Musical Direction/Supervision
Matt Munn Art Director
Terry Stacey Cinematographer
Bruce Toll Executive Producer
Melissa Toth Costumes/Costume Designer
Yo La Tengo Score Composer

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Adventureland 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
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DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
one very seriously long boring lame movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
JCWilkerson More than 1 year ago
James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg) has just graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Comparative Literature, and is planning to take a month off to go to Europe before starting grad school at Columbia to study Journalism when he finds out from his parents that he will not have the money to go to Europe. So in an effort to make money during the summer before moving to Columbia. While there he falls for a free spirited girl he works with, Emily Lewin (Kristen Stewart). Greg Mottola hit the big time as a director when he stepped up to adapt Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's script for a little movie that became Superbad for producer extraordinaire Judd Apatow. For his followup to that movie, Mottola decided to write a semi-autobiographical story of his life working at Adventureland on Long Island in New York. What was advertised was more of a comedy in the vain of Superbad, but what was delivered was a coming of age love story. In reality, I think I am more happy now that I know that the movie is a coming of age love story rather than the raunchy comedy. The movie more or less defies convention, as it's main character, James, is a virgin not looking to have sex for the sake of loosing his virginity, but rather looking for his place. The fact that the main character isn't your typically sexually charged male nerd is, in itself, refreshing. And unlike most comedies of it's ilk, this movie is less concerned with punchlines as it is with developing it's characters. In the end, it's still the characters that make the movie, not the other way around. The acting in this movie is great. Jesse Eisenberg, unfortunately seeming to be more and more typecast, still does the geek chic thing very well. Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, of course being SNL alumni and at the top of the current class, bring the funny. Martin Starr plays the conflicted friend Joel, a character not far off from his character in Freaks and Geeks, while Ryan Reynolds gives a performance that is very understated for his typically more flamboyant style. Kristen Stewart was the real surprise to me though. For most of the movie she really seemed to be just swimming through, but toward the end it really seemed as if the character bared her soul, and she did a great job at portraying that. If there was a flaw in the film, it wouldn't be with the film itself, but rather with the advertising that made the film seem like something different than what it is. In actuality, that advertising short sold the film for those of us that would have been more interested in the actual finished product. I highly recommend this film for anyone who likes dramedy's and if you like movies that really let you into the film characters lives. 4/5
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
I just rented and saw this movie yesterday, and it wasn't too awful bad. I still liked the director's movie Superbad a little better, but this one was pretty good still too. A lot of it was more of a drama, but it had a lot of funny stuff in it too though. Kristin Stewart was pretty hot in it too. I would recommend giving it a watch. I will probably buy it sometime down the road.
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Mila More than 1 year ago
I almost couldnt finish watching it. I just rented it because it was from the same director as "super bad" one of my favorites movies. I still dont understand how Kristen Stewart is an actress. she is horrible, her acting is depressing to watch, even I could do a better job then her, specially as Msr. Cullen. Dont waste your time or money. Not funny