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Adventureland (2009)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  3 April 2009 (USA)
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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.

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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. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Long hours. Low pay. High times. See more »

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Rated R for language, drug use and sexual references | See all certifications »

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Adventureland - Job d'été à éviter  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£210,671 (UK) (11 September 2009)

Gross:

£489,686 (UK) (18 September 2009)
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The game "Hats Off to Larry" is named for a 1961 hit song by Del Shannon. See more »

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Near the end of the film when James punches Tommy in the groin he clearly misses him. Jesse Eisenberg pulls his punch so as not to actually hurt Matt Bush. See more »

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Joel: [Giving James, who's just been hired, a tour of the games] Okay, new guy, let's get this over with. Here we are at the first of many shitty games. This one is inexplicably called The *Flighing* Dutchman. Even more inexplicable is how they decided to spell it.
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References Dawn of the Dead (1978) See more »

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Here I Go Again
Written by David Coverdale and Bernie Marsden
Performed by Whitesnake
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Adventureland vs. Superbad :: No Contest
26 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Adventureland is one of the best teenage films I have ever seen. I almost am upset by the advertising plan and budget the film had because if it was given enough commercial advertisement it would've been as successful as Superbad. Sadly this film went under the radar and wasn't given the acclaim it deserved. As a teen exploitation film, this movie accurately describes, interprets, and expresses the mind of a teenager and incredibly gives any teenage viewer a sense of closure. Because unlike Superbad, the characters in Adventureland are easy to relate to and are more vulnerable in an emotional sense. Anyone who sees this film to relax and enjoy a bit of comedy with a heartfelt story, or to reminisce about their teenage years, their first jobs or their personal time at Adventureland, or even to watch a teenage love story will get what they were looking for.


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