[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…
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.
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.
Nett, mehr nicht.
Christen Stewart ist süß, wobei sie hier noch sehr jung ist.
Writer/director Greg Mottola's follow-up to Superbad was completely mis-sold as something in the same vein when first released - it's actually far more low-key than that. Mostly it's an autobiographical comedy-drama about Jesse Eisenberg having a decidedly bummer summer over being stuck in a rather crappy theme park, and there's far more accent on the drama part than the laughs - Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig as the park's owners provide some amusement, but otherwise the film is rather light on jokes. It does make up for that, though, by being incredibly awkward in a way that anyone who has grown up unhappy and directionless in their teens can relate to. Kristen Stewart, who I think is underrated as an…
This column originally appeared in The Independent on Sunday:
Greg Mottola’s Adventureland, released in 2009 and set in 1987, is one of the best romantic comedies of recent years, an autobiographical gem that improves with every viewing.
Jesse Eisenberg (who seems almost incapable of appearing in a bad film) plays James Brennan, a recent college graduate with plans to spend his summer travelling Europe. Instead, as a result of his parents’ financial troubles, he is forced to work in the titular amusement park. It is based on an actual amusement park of the same name where the film’s director worked in the 1980s and it is not difficult to believe James is based, at least in part, on his creator.…
I had a hard time caring about any of the characters in this version of "Wet Hot American Summer" that someone shot full of tranquilizers.
One star for it's few comedic moments but I definitely did not make it through this film. I have always had a little soft spot for Kristen Stewart because she seems so damn awkward and I completely get awkward. I felt bad reading comments on what a terrible actress she is but Jesus, Mary and Joseph. She really stunk this thing up. Jesse Eisenberg, Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig played their parts well, too bad about the completely shitty plot. Ryan Reynolds stole the show for me as always and was completely believable, I wanted to punch him in the throat.
It tries to bite more than it can chew
Though it was going to be one of those terrible faux-indie flick. Actually quite surprisingly good. It is the affair between Ryan Reynolds and Kristen Steward that kept it fresher than other similar films. It created very real characters, I'd say it's mostly because they are stereotypes that were done well with the actors. The film itself didn't say much, it's quite cliche in a lot of ways, but here and there it demonstrated something much more than the usual sensitive man romcom with indie music. Speaking of the music, love Yo la tengo, but the soundtrack just feels too force to me, Pale blue eyes is one of my favorite song ever, but using that way is just so easy. If the movie willing to did more leftfield stuff and dig deeper inside those character this would actually be something really special. Well, alas.
Buena, no grandiosa, pero vale la pena ver. No es una comedia, pero Kristen Wiig y Bill Hader me hicieron reír mucho (al contrario que con el personaje frigo que era el típico tonto de peli gringa -que trata de hacernos reír-, pero fome, incluso sobraba en la narrativa).
Bien que lograran hacernos sentir el mundo interno de interacciones en un trabajo como ese.
Jesse Eisenberg gets a summer job and Kristen Stewart in Adventureland. More of a drama than a comedy in this coming of age tale.
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…