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Director: Greg Mottola

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…  See more details below


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.

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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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Scene Index

Exclusive to Blu-ray; Frigo's Taps - A Satiric "How To" On Inflicting Unexpected Pain; Lisa P's Guide To Style; Welcome To Adventureland - Adventured Commercials, Orientation Training Video, Drug Policy; Deleted Scenes; Must My Life: The Making Of Adventureland; Feature Commentary - With Writer/Director Greg Mottola and Actor Jesse Eisenberg; Picture Music Selection


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