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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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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)  »

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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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Trivia

The real Adventureland park is located in Farmingdale, Long Island, New York. See more »

Goofs

When Joel and James are sitting on the hill drinking beers, Joel says that Herman Melville's obituary referred to him as "Henry Melville." There are no obituaries of Melville that refer to him as Henry. His New York Times obituary used his correct name. See more »

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[James is commenting a horse game race without much enthusiasm]
James Brennan: Okay, we have a winner. It's the purple horse. Uh... Okay, green's in second, and yellow's third. Congratulations.
[gives a teddy bear to a girl]
James Brennan: Here you go, you can have that.
Bobby: Hey, James?
James Brennan: Yeah?
Bobby: Maybe you could, uh, take it up a notch?
James Brennan: Yeah, I know... Maybe I'm not the right guy to run this game. I really... I think I should probably be on the rides department.
Bobby: Oh, no, no, no. No. You're more of a game guy.
Paulette: Yeah, you're very... ...
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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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Referenced in Conan: The Mummenschantz Conundrum (2010) See more »

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Breaking the Law
Written by K.K. Downing, Rob Halford, and Glenn Tipton
Performed by Judas Priest
Courtesy of Sony BMG Entertainment (UK) Limited
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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