[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.
Based on Greg Mottola's life experiences, Adventureland is an emotionally honest comedy that provides you a good time to relax. There are a lot of clichés and other elements that could have easily turned the film into and unpleasent crap, but sometimes you need clichés in your life and the obsession for weed is not obnoxious at all as it sets the tone for the entire film.
Jesse Eisenberg stars as James Brennan, who has just completed high school and dreams of his trip around Europe. However, when his parents say they have no money, James is forced to cancel the trip, accepting a job at Adventureland—an amusement park—in order to earn some money for college. Yet, what could have…
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…
OK teen drama comedy. Jesse Eisenberg is always a pleasure to watch, Kristen Stewart is good too. Bill Hader is really good throughout for a chuckle. Pity the ending is so contrived and plain impossible to believe.
Suena 'Pale Blue Eyes' de The Velvet Underground dos veces.
Adventureland is a comedy/drama passed in the 1980s. It focus on teenagers being the principal ones interpreted by Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart that don't know what to do of their lifes (just like almost every other teenager on this planet, so easy to relate).
I kinda liked the soundtrack since it brings some 1980s musics and I've been listening to them in the last weeks.
If either you want to kill some time or enjoy it, grab this movie.
I don't know if I have an inexperienced taste or if I'm a hopeless romantic, but I really loved this movie. The story, the characters, THE SOUNDTRACK, everything was incredibly enjoyable.
Young love, drama, the struggles of growing up, and friendship. I felt this movie on a personal level and the experience was incredibly rewarding.
It's like if "Dazed & Confused" took place over the summer at a crappy theme park.. & was better.
Not a bad coming-of-age movie set in the 1980s. The heartfelt, but predictable plot is buoyed by solids supporting performances by Hader, Wiig, and Starr. Also a great use of period music throughout.
Yeah this film is good, plus it takes place in a theme park which is always cool.
The enjoyable moments of Adventureland are quite enjoyable. Unfortunately, it isn't really enough to off-set my general frustration and anger towards the actions of certain characters during major parts of the movie.
While there are funny moments in Adventureland, it's really basically a story that relies heavily on the viewer's connection with the main characters--there's no important non-relational plot to latch onto if a viewer's empathy with the characters backfire.
Part of the problem is that we can see the trainwreck coming a mile away. Adventureland doesn't even attempt to hide the impending conflict. As such, as a viewer, I guarded myself from getting too involved with the characters--something that would be a fairly normal reaction.
So, for any future movie directors out there, keep this in mind: don't make a movie which requires a viewer's emotional attachment to the characters to succeed--only to hold the viewers at arm's length. It just doesn't work.
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