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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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Arlene
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Brad
Jack Gilpin ...
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Velvet Touch Manager
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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Adventureland - Job d'été à éviter  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

CAD 597,847 (Canada) (5 April 2009)

Gross:

$16,025,394 (USA) (24 May 2009)
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Trivia

Director Greg Mottola originally planned to shoot the movie in the real Adventureland park, but later decided against it since the park had been so drastically remodeled since he had worked there. 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

Em Lewin: Was the sex good?
James Brennan: She was very sexy.
Em Lewin: You've been with a lot of girls?
James Brennan: Yep. Are we talking about intercourse specifically?
Em Lewin: [laughs] Yeah.
James Brennan: Yeah, yeah. No in that case there were actually a few times that I could have done that. But it wasn't, it wasn't exactly right.
Em Lewin: [shocked] Wait, so you're telling me you're a virgin?
James Brennan: There were circumstances.
Em Lewin: Oh my God.
James Brennan: No! Okay, alright for example, junior year I was dating this girl Betsy Cooke. Betsy was kind of like, she was kind of a prude actually. Anyway ...
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A commercial for the Adventureland amusement park can be seen during the end credits. See more »


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Written by Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart
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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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