I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING
Nothing brings people together like a crappy summer job.
In 1987, James Brennan's dreams of a summer European tour before studying at an Ivy League school in New York City are ruined after his parents have a severe career setback. As a result, James must get a summer job to cover his upcoming expenses at the decrepit local amusement park, Adventureland, where he falls in love with a witty co-worker, Emily Lewin. In that bizarrely shady workplace, the young carnies have unforgettable and painful learning experiences about life, love and trust while James discovers what he truly values.
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…
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.
Surprisingly heart-felt look at the transition into adulthood. Everything feels like it's the last time you'll ever do whatever thing it is; love, party, explore, be lazy etc. Adulthood looms large with its responsibilities and repetition that you want to savour the good things while they last. And to do that you need money, and for that you need a summer job. The job will be the bane of your existence and it will be a necessary evil that simultaneously provides you with the means to have fun (money) while requiring hefty payment (time) in return. You end up cursing the job from keeping you from experiencing life before you get on with being a grown up.
But looking back,…
Adventureland sticks to a familiar formula but rises above it because of its truthfulness and great cast. This movie is very smart in not trying to reach for comedy, but letting it come naturally. I enjoyed the whole cast, especially Martin Starr and Bill Hader. I really enjoyed this one but the only thing that held it back for me was the ending. I feel like the final few scenes betrayed the tone of the film. Despite that I still really liked this movie. It had a great soundtrack and I loved the fact that it took place in '87. Overall, this is movie that just hit all the right notes for me. Despite its predictability, I found it to be touching and original.
C-c-could it be? Kristen Stewart has more than 1 facial expression?!
Nice movie but the plot line lacks depth and is very unoriginal. The characters are multi-faceted and interesting but the dialogue is a bit slow. Overall a pretty good, interesting movie
Buena ambientación ochentera incluido lo musical, que se queda corta en su trama o más bien no llega al tono adecuado que debería haber llegado. Jesse Eisenberg y Kristen Stewart están muy bien. No me ha llegado a calar tanto como otros intentos ochenteros románticos del mismo estilo
Típica historia de "Verano del Amor", esta vez en un parque de atracciones cutre. Previsible y algo aburrida. De las que te olvidas una vez que la has visto... de hecho yo me acuerdo ya bien poco y hace un par de horas que la vi solamente.
Nothing really replaces the feeling of being directly spoken to: subjects that are over educated, schooled in the esoteric, and utterly useless in the real world: basically my life story. But I still hate these cut out hipsters, reminiscing about the eminence of Lou Reed or the NYU lifestyle.
This just felt like a needed rewatch today. There are some really memorable moments and I love the setting and music. But it lacks some kind of magic that legitimately sets it apart.
Riveting, intelligent, and adorable; JUNO without the glib and despicable attitude, GARDEN STATE without the hokey wrinkles. It's an austere drama married with cheeky and ridiculous comedy. All the acting is sublime, from the fuzzy charm of Jesse Eisenberg to the subdued rage/giddiness of Martin Starr to the off-key brio of Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. Absolutely stunning.
There isn't a lot that's special and noteworthy going on here, you're typical coming-of-age film. It's the minor characters who really steal the show, and you begin to wish the film was about them, instead of the real though dull main characters.
By-the-numbers but enjoyable coming-of-age drama. Greg Mottola squeezes poignancy and nostalgia out of his script, the soundtrack is stunning, and Jesse Eisenberg is as great as ever. Kristen Stewart, however, is like a black hole that sucks all the life, energy and emotion out of the film. It takes a lot for me to be completely unresponsive to a girl who listens to Lou Reed and wears Husker Du t-shirts, but Stewart is such a blank slate she manages to achieve even that.
See my Double Feature on The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Adventureland here: ccpopculture.com/2014/02/15/double-feature-adventureland-2009-and-the-perks-of-being-a-wallflower-2012/
- In the Mood for Love
- Children of the Corn
- 28 Weeks Later
- Welcome to the Dollhouse
- 21 Grams
- Johnny Got His Gun
- The Ugly Swans
- The Fountain
- Paris, Texas
- Dazed and Confused
Very hard to pick my best films of all time, but I will give it a shot..