[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Nothing brings people together like a crappy summer job.
In the summer of 1987, a college graduate takes a 'nowhere' job at his local amusement park, only to find it's the perfect course to get him prepared for the real world.
This week has now seen me watch double doses of both Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg. After Zombieland and Welcome To The Rileys I'm obviously a glutton for punishment , but this coming-of-age comedy/drama has a nostalgia factor that seems to endear it to me for some reason.
Let me be honest, I have a thing for Kristen Stewart. Yes I like Twilight, but that's not it. There's something about her, whether it be her morally suspect attitude towards relationships or something slightly seedier, I like her? She's not the greatest actress in the world, but not everyone has the talent of Katherine Hepburn or Cate Blanchett. You work with what you have, and she's done quite well for herself…
A interesting comedy/drama about a bunch of young people trying to figure out which way their lives should go. To earn money during ther summer they take jobs at an amusement park. Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart play the main love interests....while Ryan Reynolds, Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig have supporting roles. The scenes at the amusement park are the funniest....while the drama mostly takes place when they leave the park. Added bonus is the excellent soundtrack with lots of songs from the 1980s.
It find it scary how much I can relate to Adventureland. Its not THAT great of a movie, but it fills me with such a swelling nostalgic feeling that reminds me so much of my teen years that its extremely hard to not smile while watching this movie. I actually worked very briefly at an amusement park with my brother in my (very) early teens. I worked a lot of random summer jobs; pizza parlors, retail stores, firework stands, flea markets, and stuff like that. I knew the feeling of late summer nights, hearing the same songs over and over again, and making new friends very very well. This film makes me feel those old feelings and more.
It's pretty impossible for me not to relate to this film, since I'm currently experiencing what feels like a slow transition from college into adulthood. Since it's based on the experiences the writer/director Gregg Motola had, there's a wealth of truth and depth to this seemingly silly comedy.
James is a guy fresh out of high school who wants to travel Europe and go to Colombia for Journalism… all on his parents' dime. When they tell him they can't afford to support him that way anymore, he takes a shitty summer job at a theme park named Adventureland near home. It's a great period piece since it's set in the 1980's and there are little signifiers to this time period…
"Adventureland" is a low-key coming-of-age drama that blends moments of comedy with recognizable plot points. Anyone who has been to college and found themselves not quite ready to take on the real world after graduation can see themselves in James, the film's protagonist. The film follows him as he navigates the sometimes disappointing, sometimes electrifying world of early adulthood.
James's life hits a roadbump when he is forced to take a job at a Pittsburgh amusement park. There, he meets a host of interesting characters and encounters a host of growth-inducing situations. There is not much in the plot that is fresh, but the story is still resonant. Hearts are broken and lessons are learned; the narrative will hit close…
What a shock,Kristen Stewart shags married man. Yes this might be where she got the idea for her real life infidelity but regardless I think Pattison is a pretty lucky man. (Lets face it she does look like she'd be really dirty?)
I digress. Adventureland is a comedy set back in 1987 when Mark Zuckerberg, sorry Jesse Eisenberg, takes a summer job at an amusement park. Another of these coming-of-age comedy-dramas this one has a tight script and two good central performances. Eisenberg is utterly convincing as the geeky virgin and Stewart as the femme fatale gives a come and get it vibe that enthrals him. As predictable as Mottola normally is this relationship doesn't run smoothly and the pay-off is worth waiting for. Quirky and offbeat,Ryan Reynolds,Bill Hader and Kirsten Wiig add some comedic class to proceedings.
There's kind of a John Hughes vibe (not in the Baby's Day Out sense, happily) to this coming of age tale, much of which comes from having more heart and fewer wacky situations than most such films these days. Eisenberg and Steward are solid, and Ryan Reynolds contributes a nice slightly melancholy supporting turn as an older, sadder Van Wilder, though once again Kristen Wiig offers an affable presence without ever actually crossing the line into funny.
Something about this film makes it continually re-watchable.. I never seem to be able to get tired of it.
The soundtrack is also fantastic.
Every time I watch this, it hits closer to home... especially that I've graduated from college..
Pretty decent and I loved the cast but I wasn't that impressed. I liked how the setting was at a theme park and the soundtrack was amazing (lou reed!)
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I really like this film. I've seen it a few times now and although I guess it's not anything massively groundbreaking, it resonates with me, the characters are likeable and relatable and doesn't feel like it's trying too hard (which a lot of these coming-of-age types films do). Jesse Eisenberg is fantastic, as usual, and the rest of the cast are quite good as well. There's some laughs, some genuine emotion and lots of nostalgia and charm - enough to almost make you want to go back to that awful summer job (...but not quite).
Every year, for three short months, Pittsburgh enjoys a little sunshine and warmth. The public pools fill up with eager swimmers, stroller pushers occupy the neighborhood parks, and prostrate students crowd the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial yard like content sea lions on a beach. Then there’s Kennywood, the quaint, historic amusement park where local families flock to gorge on Potato Patch fries and suffer some welcome whiplash on the Exterminator. Sure, every place in America has a similar attraction (in my native North Central PA, it’s a woodsy place called Knoebels), but only Kennywood has that Pittsburgh flair. It’s most evident on the old fashioned train ride, which offers dramatic scenic views of billowing smokestacks, reminding riders of the city’s…
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