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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.
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…
"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.…
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…
Finally a movie where Kristen Stewart was really good.
Not that I have truthfully seen many of her movies, if any.
Real emotion, great score.
Nice performances all round including Ryan Reynolds, which is saying a lot.
I didn't realize this film was set in the 80s until about 1 hour and 25 minutes into the film.
I've seen "Adeventureland," at least five times since its release, most recently at a screening at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The first time I saw this movie, I anticipated and knew every beat. There isn't anything really new to the storytelling. Still, I went to see it again in theaters. Why? Because of the tone - it captures a certain coming of age experience with such a precise specifity that its characters, and their actions, emotions, and reactions become universally recognizable. Though I didn't experience the 80's as a young man, I know these people. And I'm always excited when I get to see them again. #rewatch
Adventureland is a much more genuine story about a bummer summer job, the awkwardness of young love, and how we struggle with our grand ambitions and crushing forces of reality. The movie is charming, subtle and avoids the characterization trappings of many comedies. A run down amusement park is the perfect setting to bring together teenagers who are at the crossroads of their own future. It's filled with bright and layered characters among the tacky and vaguely nostalgic atmosphere.
Our lead, played by Jesse Eisenberg is an intellectual writer type who has high hopes to travel and attend a fancy university. Soon after he reluctantly takes the job he meets Kristen Stewart, who thankfully isn't just a quirky attractive women…
Maybe doesn't move fast enough for everyone, but it's a real feeling movie.
"Cafe Society" certainly piqued my interest in revisiting Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart s' first collaboration and Greg Mottola's coming-of-age story from the 1980s definitely made Eisenberg a affable screen presence before he turned on that nervy, snarky persona since "The Social Network".
The whole amusement park ecosystem with the various strata of social circles was interesting and Ryan Reynolds' character was actually not as loathsome as I perceived previously.
Martin Starr channeled his "Freaks and Geeks" energy which sort of path out his acting career since while Bill Hader was the most hilarious element of the movie.
A film with a great cast, and once I knew Bill Hader & Kristen Wiig were in this I pounced! It was a funny and sweet film. At times it leaned more on the drama then the comedy, but in the end it was a fun time.
Trivia: Director Greg Mottola originally planned to shoot the movie in the real Adventureland park, but later decided against it since the park had been so drastically remodeled since he had worked there.
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