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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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Cast

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Kelsey Ford ...
Arlene
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Ryan McFarland ...
Brad
Jack Gilpin ...
Mr. Brennan
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Velvet Touch Manager
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Molly Hatchet T-Shirt Guy
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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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Long hours. Low pay. High times. 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  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,722,039, 5 April 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,025,394, 24 May 2009
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1.85 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

When Connell and James drive over to Connell's mother's house, Connell's car has a visible "You've Got a Friend in Pennsylvania" license plate. However, the car that Connell parks behind has a newer Pennsylvania license plate that was issued after 2000, despite the movie being set in 1987. See more »

Quotes

James Brennan: Frigo, get the fuck out of here, and you can't tell anybody about this, okay?
Tommy Frigo: All right, all right, relax, Brennan. What's it worth to you?
James Brennan: You're shaking me down?
Tommy Frigo: No... Yeah, yeah.
James Brennan: I hate you with such great fervor.
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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

Limelight
Written by Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart
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Adventureland vs. Superbad :: No Contest
26 April 2009 | by 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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