[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.
Kristen a 19 ans <3
I'll stop watching this movie when it stops having the best soundtrack ever.
It's weird that a movie as wistful as this one, that leaves its characters on a moment of happiness that is by no means permanent, still moves me and wishing I was part of the generation it was depicting. Soundtrack might crack it.
I know this movie rubs some people the wrong way, but I treasure it all the same. Nobody gets a giant-ass panda.
Olivia Thirlby, Jenna Malone, Anna Kendrick, Danielle Panabaker, Alison Pill, Mia Wasikowska, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kat Dennings, Adelaide Clemens
I just legit off the top of my head listed 9 actresses that were better suited to play the female lead.
After my trip to Dreamland in Margate, I had to watch this again
great coming of age movie. Eisenberg kills it once again.
Adventureland is one of the best coming of age films I've ever seen. It's not exactly what I'd call a cinematic masterpiece, but it's an incredibly relatable story of the difficulty that young people have to go through to find their place in life. I wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone, but most of all to teens. This film is about you, it's a guide on how to live life to the fullest and stop worrying about the inevitability of adulthood.
Nostalgia works because the past makes us what we are today. Thus, the past is the ultimate comfort zone, because it directly caters to who you are today.
Adventureland is a great film about nostalgia. It's like midnight is Paris great. It's a film that takes place in the 80s and operates with the surface level appeal of being "like" the 80s, but upon further inspection it's the perfect encapsulation of youth. It's the feeling of living that shitty carnival job, and romanticizing it. It's vibrant, alive, beautiful.
The screenplay is absolutely fantastic. Just look at how naturally they set up the moment when Jesse Rosenberg and Kristen Stewart meeting outside Ryan Reynold's house. Think about how much has to…
First saw this movie as a senior in college and sorta identified with it. Not so much anymore. The romance between Eisenberg/Stewart really doesn't feel earned the 2nd time around.
I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING
Not necessarily "Romcoms" that's a generalisation but Romance movies more along the lines of these that gave off similar vibes…