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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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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)  »

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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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$16,025,394 (USA) (22 May 2009)
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In early versions of the script, the musician idolized by James (Jesse Eisenberg) and many of the surrounding characters was Neil Young. Originally it was written that Connell (Ryan Reynolds) had played alongside Young and was idolized by the characters. The musician was eventually replaced with Lou Reed, the late singer of The Velvet Underground. See more »

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During the movie, you can see a ride called "Wipeout". The movie takes place in 1987, though the actual ride was opened in 1991. See more »

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Em Lewin: Where are you taking me? You've been to this place before?
James Brennan: No.
Em Lewin: I think you might be the coolest and cutest guy I ever met.
James Brennan: Really?
Em Lewin: I mean, I'm really high but.
[kisses James]
Em Lewin: I don't want to lose you.
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A commercial for the Adventureland amusement park can be seen during the end credits. See more »

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References Asteroids (1979) See more »

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In My House
Written by James Johnson
Performed by Mary Jane Girls
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Superbad's Daddy
26 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at The Sundance Film Festival in Salt Lake City and I've been wanting to see it for months but I have a habit of anticipating movies and building them up, then once I see them I am disappointed. This was not the case. It is a lot like Superbad set in the 80's and minus the drawings. The quirky, awkward humor is there, the teen party humor is there, the love humor is there. One thing this movie has that Superbad didn't though, is a truly heart felt and believable love story that gives Adventureland a bit of a more serious tone. While it is hilarious it also has you really pulling for the young lovers and gets you involved in their affairs. With out giving too much away, all I can say is 'Go see this movie. If you liked Superbad, you'll like Adventureland, if you hated Superbad, you'll like Adventureland. It's a win-win situation.'


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