[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…
"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.…
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.
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.
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…
This was pretty disappointing
Kristen Stewart + Jesse Eisenberg = summer fling
Kristen Stewart + Ryan Reynolds = affair
i think it's pretty easy to hate jesse eisenberg but i like him
The moment he stepped into the park I recognized it as the real-world Kennywood Park in Pittsburgh PA, which I have been to many many times. After that, it was really difficult to see the location and setting outside of the context of this park.
I'm probably being a bit biased because of this, but I loved Adventureland (the movie and the fictional location). It's a funny comedy (Bill Hader cracks me up in this) and the perfect movie to kickstart the summer season. The film feels nostalgic because it feels like summer. Although it occasionally meandered into cliched territory, the story and characters were harmless, the amusement park was a blast, and now is the perfect time to watch this underrated comedy.
One of the most overlooked movies of the past decade. A terrific coming of age movie reminiscent of Dazed and Confused and American Graffiti. Advertising this as from the director of Superbad probably hurt it. It's not a laugh riot, but it is a funny, honest and heartfelt gem.
Currently listening to the soundtrack as I do this review. Oh man, oh man the soundtrack is soon goooood. As for the movie? I loved it, but, it had potential to be an all time favorite, but, sadly it kinda messed up in some departments. I just wish, like a few other films I talked about, the film focused on more then just sex. I mean, in went in different directions for sure, but, there's so many topics that can be discussed in coming of age, it should have explored more. Like Almost Famous, which is still easily one of my all time favorite films. I am glad that the characters in this grow, and are shown repercussions for…
Better than the average romantic comedy.
Beyond triggering all my "I've accomplished nothing beyond college" insecurities (in the grand tradition of KICKING AND SCREAMING, MISTRESS AMERICA, and other films not written or directed by Noah Baumbach) and reminding me of my own time returning to a dead end suburban Pennsylvania after finishing my undergrad career (this one hits worryingly close to home), I'm pretty much down to watch this any time.
What was marketed as a "quirky" feature from the director of Super Bad, turned out to be a really sweet, easy to watch movie.
There is nothing special about this movie. You don't need to put a lot of thought about what is happening throughout the movie.
However, it is nice to see the efforts put by the production team to recreate the 80s era.
The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
All the way from 'The Land Before Time' to 'The Social Network'.
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