[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.
Very good movie about young people wallowing around and figuring out what to do. It's a shame it was marketed so horribly and Greg Mottola hasn't made more like this.
The fact that all the characters are super into Lou Reed and then only listen and refer to his most popular songs basically encapsulates what sort of movie this is. It's all heartfelt and indie and super-cool and then is actually secretly super mainstream and now I think that the Way Way Back was actually way better than this. Ryan Reynolds character was easily the most interesting yet under-developed of the lot, which was super disappointing. In light of the recent burst of appreciation for Kristen Stewart, this just confirms that she's not actually that great, or at least, wasn't at this point. She just clears her throat weird and looks pretty. Jesse Eisenberg is super annoying, like I'm really getting sick of him like he should retire on his superman money. Those are my thoughs. I liked it, I guess.
Right in the feels the second time around. I think this film is damn near perfect. Fight me
Saw this with Nico and Champ
It's by no means great, but Adventureland does some things just well enough to make it worth wading through the rough patches this movie suffers from.
Adventureland impeccably captures the directionless quagmire that is your early twenties. You're no longer in college, you're between life stages, and you really have no idea of where to go next, or how to get there. The standard narrative is that most people take a crappy job in the interim, just to save money and bide their time until the next "big step" in their lives, and this movie follows that to a T. It hits all the notes perfectly. You hate your current station in life, but your experiences while you're stuck there…
Even now, I like this better than most of these types of films that came out from around 2005-2010 (though I haven't felt the urge to watch it again). People who don't know any better make really shitty choices against a backdrop of great songs from an era I have no firsthand knowledge of. A movie about X-ers aimed at Millennial, I guess.
I liked the soundtrack. Average incarnate!
Está protagonizada por los hostiables (pero no malos actores, ojo) Jesse Eisenberg y Kristen Stewart. Y aun así la peli me gustó. Más mérito que eso...
Put Kristen Stewart in a movie with an actual well written script, a decent director, and a heartfelt story and she'll impress the hell out of you. I will staunchly defend my belief that she is a good actress.
Jesse Eisenberg and Martin Starr are fantastic as always. Worth watching multiple times.
I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING