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 (email@example.com)
Long hours. Low pay. High times.
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3 April 2009 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Adventureland - Job d'été à éviter
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Opening Weekend USA: $5,722,039,
5 April 2009, Wide Release
Gross USA: $16,025,394, 24 May 2009
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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In the New York City scene near the end, the pedestrian signals clearly showed the hand and walking man symbol, which were not used in New York City until the early 2000s. In 1987, the pedestrian signals in the city used text "Walk" and "Don't Walk" indications, rather than the symbols. See more
What's the point of being a writer or an artist anyway? Herman Melville wrote fuckin' Moby Dick, he was so poor and forgot by the time he died that in his obituary they called him Henry Melville. You know, like why bother? They're just going to forget our fuckin' names anyway. I heard Em went back to New York.
I wish it didn't end like that, I should've - I don't know.
Your Herman Melville story that - that's bullshit.
It's true, they called him Henry.
No, I mean, he wrote a seven-hundred...
A commercial for the Adventureland amusement park can be seen during the end credits. See more
Libiamo (La Traviata)
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Lyrics by Francesco Maria Piave
Courtesy of DeWolfe Music See more