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Adventureland (2009)

R  |   |  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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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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Adventureland - Job d'été à éviter  »

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

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

Long after most photography on this film was done, an important NYC rainy street scene was shot on Ludlow Street between Grand and Hester, just a few doors down from where Lou Reed and John Cale lived and worked as part of The Velvet Underground. See more »

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President Ronald Reagan is seen on television delivering a speech. This particular speech was given on August 12, 1987, but in the film it occurs before July 4th. 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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America the Beautiful
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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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