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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.
"Adventureland" was a pleasant surprise. I didn't know exactly what to expect going into it. Being from the director of "Superbad" and "Paul" I kinda expected a raunchy comedy that relied mostly on sex and other types of typical humor we've seen from movies of this type.
But what I ended up getting was almost like a long lost John Hughes movie. The film follows Lex Luthor in the eighties who finds out his parents are moving to a new town and are low on funds to help him move out. So now he must go to Flint Lockwood with an awesome eighties mustache and Kristin Wiig to work at an amusement park where he also runs up with Mr.…
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…
As a super-high-concept slasher movie in which the slasher fails to show up and the movie just lives out its life until it dies of old age this is kind of brilliant.
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.
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'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…
Enjoyed this way more than I thought I would, and even more so on a second watch. The characters and dialogue feel very realistic, and the soundtrack is fantastic. Don't have too much to say about it, but definitely worth a watch even if it's something you'd normally avoid.
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Adventureland takes place in that strange summer after graduating high school; a summer filled with malaise and confusion, but also of joy and giddy anticipation at your new post-high school life. You're bombarded with phrases like “the world is your oyster”, “we’re so proud of you”, but also of “you have to start taking responsibility for yourself now” “we can’t support you forever”. For James, his summer is thrown into chaos when his Euro-trip is put on ice. He’s forced into what he thinks is a brief transition phase, like sitting in a doctor's waiting room, itching to live a new life but stuck reading three year old national geographic magazines. What Adventureland posits is that this transition phase can…
don't know how i feel about this movie. didn't hate it, but didn't love it either.
LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS MOVIE!!
martin starr stole this movie sorry mark zuckerberg
Kristen siendo Kristen y Jesse siendo Jesse, la película me aburrió completamente. Clichés de amores de verano y 'coming up age' ...aunque el soundtrack y toda la ambientación de los 80s me encantó.
watched adventureland again, good times
this movie has a really weird mood
The film was okay, the soundtrack made it for me. Perfectly set to the awkwardness of it all.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Help me out with this one guys.
"It's Mission Impossible!" is the true peak of cinéma.