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 (email@example.com)
It was the worst job they ever imagined... and the best time of their lives.
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3 April 2009 (USA)
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Opening Weekend: £210,671
(11 September 2009)
(18 September 2009)
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
Adventureland was filmed in Pittsburgh, PA. The amusement park in the movie is known as Kennywood Park. The rides shown in the movie are actual rides, although the names of the games have been changed. See more
When James is calling the horse race for the second time, when the camera shows the horses the purple horse is in the race but when the camera closes up on James, the purple horse is still in the home/stationary position, but when the camera shows the horses returning to the home position the purple is moving back again. See more
What's the point of being a writer or an artist anyway? Herman Melville wrote fuckin' Moby Dick, he was so poor and forgot by the time he died that in his obituary they called him Henry Melville. You know, like why bother? They're just going to forget our fuckin' names anyway. I heard Em went back to New York.
I wish it didn't end like that, I should've - I don't know.
Your Herman Melville story that - that's bullshit.
It's true, they called him Henry.
No, I mean, he wrote a seven-hundred...
A commercial for the Adventureland amusement park can be seen during the end credits. See more
Written by Garry Beers
(as Garry William Beers), Andrew Farriss
(as Andrew C. Farriss), Jon Farriss
(as Jonathan James Farriss), Tim Farriss
(as Timothy William Farriss), Michael Hutchence
(as Michael Kelland Hutchence), and Kirk Pengilly
Performed by INXS
Courtesy of Mercury Records Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises and Atlantic Recording Corp.
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