I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING
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.
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…
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.
"We pay little Malaysian kids 10 cents a day to make these toys, we can’t just give them away."
Nothing less than five stars for the movie that introduced me to Lou Reed.
This was my second viewing of this film, I saw it for the first time about 4 years ago. I am a sucker for coming of age movies. And boxing movies, but that's not relevant to this. However, there is some punching in this, but I digress. The problem that Adventureland had, was the branding. I recall that the trailers wanted to make you think that it was the next Superbad type sex comedy. And it just isn't. Thankfully. It is a quiet, charming, indie romance. God I love these, give me more of these. I like it. It has an allstar cast and an amazing soundtrack. Which is basically all I can ask for. I mean seriously, the cast…
Yet another movie I hadn't seen for some reason. It's cute, in a very Scott Pilgrim way (but way less cool obviously). I like Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart a lot, and having Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig there was a bonus. This was okay.
Adventureland didn't manage to combine comedy and drama - the tone changed dramatically from Apatow-esque humor scenes to very intense scenes where you were supposed to feel the pain the two leads are going through.
This didn't work for me at all, plus I don't particularly care for Jesse Eisenberg's style of acting, nor do I like Kristen Stewart's half-open-mouth-and-biting-her-lip routine. Ryan Reynolds didn't fit into the cast at all, he stuck out like a sore thumb.
The plot is a melange of clichéd bits and pieces that you have seen a million times before and it is therefore instantly forgettable. It had two things going for it: I liked the cinematography at times, notably when the camera wasn't shaking,…
I watched this film because I have good memories of it and I am a Jessie Eisenberg fan.
This film is good. Not amazing but good and it offers some humour and some romance and doesn't take itself too seriously. If you want an awkward young adult trying to get on in life whilst winning over the beautiful girl then this is a film for you. Bill Hader, there isn't enough of, but when he is there is excellent as usual and is the star of the supporting cast. The story progresses will with a definite will they, won't they question hanging on right to the end of the film. Even I thought maybe this time it doesn't work out.…
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