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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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Storyline

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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It was the worst job they ever imagined... and the best time of their lives. See more »

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

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3 April 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adventureland - Job d'été à éviter  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,722,039 (USA) (3 April 2009)

Gross:

£489,686 (UK) (18 September 2009)
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Trivia

The parks name "Adventureland" is an actual amusement park in Farmingdale, Long Island, not far from where the writer/director grew up. See more »

Goofs

When James bump into the tree, at first is front glasses is broken, but in the next scene when is mother wake him up the glass is in perfect shape. See more »

Quotes

Bobby: Hey honey, I'm running out of googly eyes. Do you have any more over there?
Paulette: Yeah, me too. But I found these.
[holds up eye patches]
Paulette: So I have just been sort of.
Bobby: Oh!
Em Lewin: [enters office] Hey.
Bobby: Hey Em! What's up?
Em Lewin: [punches clock] Uh, I quit! See ya.
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Crazy Credits

A commercial for the Adventureland amusement park can be seen during the end credits. See more »


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Obsession
Written by Michael Des Barres (as Michael Phillip Des Barres) and Holly Knight
Performed by Animotion
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Very touching, realistic dramedy
24 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can honestly say that I haven't seen as good a movie as this in a long time. Most of the characters you can relate to in some kind of way or you may possibly know someone who is similar to them.

This movie was definitely advertised wrong; it seemed as though it was going to be a crude but funny comedy like superbad only there was a hell of a lot more seriousness and romance involved.

Kristen Stewart who plays Em Lewin does a fantastic job of showing multiple emotions in a single expression. Anyone who claims she can't act must not have seen this.

Jesse Eisenburg playing James also does very well in being one of those smart, funny, intellectual types who at the same time doesn't talk down to people in a condescending way.

And may I say bravo to Bill Hader and Kristen Wigg who had just the right comedic timing. Martin Starr also did surprisingly well as someone who knew where his place was in the world.

Adventureland has the right balance of drama and comedy so you're never left feeling bored. This movie will continue to be one of my favorites probably for years to come.


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