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Adventureland (2009)

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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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Nothing brings people together like a crappy summer job. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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

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

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$16,025,394 (USA) (22 May 2009)
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Trivia

When James is dumped by Arlene in the first scene, one of his friends says "You didn't tell her about the scarlet V, did you?", indicating that James is marked by a V as he is still a virgin. This echoes the novel, "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, where Hester Prynne has to wear a scarlet A to mark her as an adulteress. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie after James finds out about Em & Connell, Wang Chung's "Dance Hall Days" can be heard playing over the park's loudspeakers. If you have subtitles on, the subtitle states "Safety Dance" (by Men Without Hats) as the song playing. See more »

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Em Lewin: I can't believe my dad wants to be with that.
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Em Lewin: Do you want to hear something fucked up?
James Brennan: What?
Em Lewin: When my mom first started getting, like, really sick my dad starts going to temple. He's never been serious about his faith. But he decided to buddy up to God like he thought it was going to help save my mom. And that's where he met Francy.
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Em Lewin: My mom loses her hair in chemo and my dad starts fucking a bald woman. It's just weird.
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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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References Centipede (1980) See more »

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Your Love
Written by John Spinks
Performed by The Outfield
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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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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