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Adventureland -- During the summer of 1987, recent college grad James Brennan (Eisenberg) takes what he thinks is a going-nowhere job at his local amusement park, only to discover it's a perfect opportunity to prepare himself for the real world.
Adventureland -- During the summer of 1987, recent college grad James Brennan (Eisenberg) takes what he thinks is a going-nowhere job at his local amusement park, only to discover it's a perfect opportunity to prepare himself for the real world.


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Writer (WGA):
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3 April 2009 (USA) See more »
It was the worst job they ever imagined... and the best time of their lives. See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jesse Eisenberg ... James Brennan

Kelsey Ford ... Arlene

Michael Zegen ... Eric
Ryan McFarland ... Brad
Jack Gilpin ... Mr. Brennan

Wendie Malick ... Mrs. Brennan

Matt Bush ... Tommy Frigo
Todd Cioppa ... Velvet Touch Manager
Stephen Mast ... Rich

Kristen Wiig ... Paulette

Bill Hader ... Bobby

Martin Starr ... Joel
Adam Kroloff ... Adult Contestant

Kristen Stewart ... Em Lewin

Kevin Breznahan ... Molly Hatchet T-Shirt Guy

Marc Grapey ... Panda Con Dad

Ryan Reynolds ... Mike Connell

Paige Howard ... Sue O'Malley

Dan Bittner ... Pete O'Malley
Moe Slinger ... Loud Kid #1
Jesse Slinger ... Loud Kid #2
Jack Baldwin ... Barfing Kid
Barret Hackney ... Munch

Margarita Levieva ... Lisa P.
Kimisha Renee Davis ... Kelly

Russell Steinberg ... Foreigner Tribute Band Singer
Andrew Ransom ... Foreigner Tribute Band Member
Joe Sanderson ... Foreigner Tribute Band Member
Cliff Chien ... Foreigner Tribute Band Member
Rob Orr ... Foreigner Tribute Band Member

Eric Schaeffer ... Foreigner Tribute Band Member
Vanessa Hope ... Ronnie Connell (as Vanessa Wanger)

Josh Pais ... Mr. Lewin

Mary Birdsong ... Francy
Gennaro DiSilvio ... Nicky
Alexis Ferrante ... Nicky's Girlfriend

Joe Pawlenko ... Nicky's Pal
Zachary Palmer ... Joel's Younger Brother

Declan Baldwin ... Male Customer

Ian Harding ... Wealthy Prepster

Ashtin Petrella ... Prepster's Girlfriend
Amy Landis ... Mrs. Ostrow
Janine Viola ... Mrs. Frigo

Alana Hixson ... Pretty Girl #1
Erin Cappiccie ... Pretty Girl #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cristina Aloe ... Girl at Ping Pong Game (uncredited)

Jeremy Ambler ... Nightclub Dancer (uncredited)
Tony Amen ... Pedestrian in Amusement Park (uncredited)
Elysia Annacini ... Amusement Park Patron (uncredited)

Aaron Bernard ... Adventure Guest (uncredited)
Evan Alex Cole ... Prepster Friend (uncredited)

Caroline Collins ... Eric's Mother (uncredited)
Matt Croyle ... Connell's Friend (uncredited)
Joe Dolan ... Park Patron (uncredited)
Dave Eveler ... Park Attendant (uncredited)
Minda Fisher ... Park Mom (uncredited)

Joe Forgione ... Prepster's Friend 1 (uncredited)
Jeffrey Jones ... Bartender (uncredited)

William Kania ... Short Order Cook (uncredited)

Lisa Lamendola ... Foxy Cougar (uncredited)
Stephanie Macdougall ... Park Patron (uncredited)
Zach Markel ... Jerry (uncredited)
Sean P. McCarthy ... Amusement Park Patron (uncredited)

David Dale McCue ... Park Patron (uncredited)

Christopher Mele ... Amusement Park Patron (uncredited)

Abigail Rose Messner ... Girl on ride (uncredited)
Doug Michaels ... Park Patron (uncredited)

Jeremy Moon ... Park Patron (uncredited)
Jackson Nunn ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jared Pfennigwerth ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Brenna Roth ... Punk Rocker (uncredited)

Brandee Sanders ... 80's girl (uncredited)
Logan C. Sayre ... Arcade Boy (uncredited)

Krista Schwandt ... Nightclub Dancer (uncredited)
Cory Tucek ... Extra (uncredited)
Blase Ward ... Park Employee (uncredited)

Michael Wendt ... Park Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Greg Mottola 
Writing credits
Greg Mottola (written by)

Produced by
Declan Baldwin .... co-producer
Anne Carey .... producer
Scott Ferguson .... line producer: additional photography
Ted Hope .... producer
William Horberg .... executive producer
Sidney Kimmel .... producer
Bruce Toll .... executive producer
Original Music by
Yo La Tengo 
Cinematography by
Terry Stacey (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Anne McCabe 
Casting by
Ann Goulder 
Production Design by
Stephen Beatrice 
Art Direction by
Matthew Munn 
Set Decoration by
Cristina Casanas 
Costume Design by
Melissa Toth 
Makeup Department
Patty Bell .... additional makeup artist
Colleen Callaghan .... hair artist: additional photography
Roderick R. Carter .... additional makeup artist (as Rod Carter)
Sherry A. Deberon .... additional hair stylist
Deborah Esposito .... additional makeup artist
Sharon Ilson .... makeup artist: additional photography (as Sharon Ilson Burke)
Sharon Ilson .... makeup department head (as Sharon Ilson Burke)
Jeannee Josefczyk .... first assistant makeup artist
Nancy Keslar .... first assistant hair stylist
Karen Lovell .... additional hair stylist
Sandie Scott .... additional hair stylist
Gianna Sparacino .... hair department head
Production Management
Declan Baldwin .... unit production manager
Scott Ferguson .... unit production manager: additional photography
Jeff Robinson .... post-production supervisor
Bergen Swanson .... production supervisor
Sean Cooney .... post-production executive (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adam Escott .... first assistant director
Betsy Friedman .... second assistant director: additional photography (as Betsy Palmieri)
Alyson Latz .... second assistant director
Nick Vanderpool .... second second assistant director (as Nicholas Vanderpool)
Art Department
Mark Barill .... scenic artist
Timothy Barnhill .... set dresser
Vincent Borrelli .... scenic artist
Lisa Bradley .... scenic artist
Kevin C. Brady .... carpenter (as K.C. Brady)
William R. Bricker .... set dresser (as William Bricker)
Craig T. Brown .... set dresser
Rebecca Brown .... on-set dresser
Keith Brzozowski .... carpenter
Paul Bucciarelli .... assistant props
Robert Buncher .... construction foreman
Daragh Byrne .... carpenter
Julie Chill .... scenic artist
Darien N. D'Alfonso .... scenic artist (as Darien D'Alfonso)
Fred 'Fredo' Donatelli .... set dresser (as Fred Donatelli)
Adam Dunhoff .... art department production assistant
Zachary Dwyer .... carpenter
William H. Franko .... assistant props (as William Franko)
Daniel Garrigan .... assistant props (as Daniel Garrigen)
Eileen Garrigan .... lead scenic artist
Thomas J. Garrigan .... property master (as Tom Garrigan)
Ken Goodstein .... on-set dresser: additional photography
Lisa Hatcher .... scenic artist
Anna Hawkins .... art department production assistant
Jim Heastings .... carpenter
Don Hedenburg .... scenic foreman
Smith Harper Hutchings .... buyer (as Smith Hutchings)
Gregory Jones .... head greensperson
Kenneth J. Kellers .... leadman (as Kenneth Kellers)
Shauna Kellin .... scenic artist: additional photography (as Shawna Kellin)
Brett Kennedy .... set dresser
Peter G. Klingenberg .... carpenter
Matthew Kucynski .... art provided by
Philip Lapic .... carpenter
Merissa Lombardo .... buyer
Lauri Mancuso .... scenic artist
Mike Matesic .... carpenter
Mary Ann McBride .... art department production assistant
Thomas McDonough .... carpenter
Michael J. McKee .... carpenter
Mike McQuade .... storyboard artist (as Mike McQuaide)
Wayne Scott Miller .... property master: additional photography (as Wayne Miller)
Anthony Mingo .... carpenter
Anna Murray .... art provided by
Drew Nicholas .... art department production assistant
Bradley O'Connell .... set dresser
Jeanne Park .... art department production assistant
Brent Peelor .... carpenter
Justin Pelissero .... carpenter
David D. Pfenninger .... greens person
Ralph Roger Pivirotto .... additional on-set dresser (as Ralph Pivirotto)
Ray Pivirotto .... set dresser
Michael Powsner .... additional on-set dresser
Gregory Puchalski .... on-set scenic artist
Donald Lee Rager .... set dresser (as Donald Rager)
Christopher St. Pierre .... scenic artist (as Chris St. Pierre)
Mamie Stein .... assistant property master (as Mamie Kay Stein)
Diana Stoughton .... assistant props
Diane Sunderlin .... art department coordinator
Joseph Waterkotte .... construction coordinator (as Joseph A. Waterkotte)
Leo Welsh .... set dresser
Gregory A. Williams .... greens person
Nancie Yang .... art provided by
Steve Tolin .... special prop fabricator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Benjamin Cheah .... sound re-recording mixer (as Ben Cheah)
Benjamin Cheah .... supervising sound editor (as Ben Cheah)
Frank Cinelli .... sound intern
Ryan Collison .... foley mixer
Dino Distefano .... utility sound
Tim Elder .... sound utility: additional photography
Jim Emswiller .... boom operator
Dann Fink .... loop group coordinator
Brian Gallagher .... adr recordist
Christof Gebert .... production sound mixer (as Chris Gebert)
Mike Howells .... adr recordist
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Andy Kris .... sound re-recording mixer
Danny Michael .... sound mixer: additional photography
Eliza Paley .... dialogue editor
Jay Peck .... foley talent
Adam Sanchez .... boom operator: additional photography
George E. Simpson Jr. .... utility sound (as George Simpson)
Christopher Stoll .... sound mixer: second unit (as Christopher Strollo)
Gregg Swiatlowski .... assistant sound editor
Lidia Tamplenizza .... adr editor
Damian Volpe .... sound designer
Damian Volpe .... sound re-recording mixer
John Werner .... foley supervisor
Chad Birmingham .... foley editor (uncredited)
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Travis MacKay .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Mike Bird .... special effects coordinator: additional photography
Robert J. Scupp .... special effects foreman (as Robert Scupp)
John Stifanich .... special effects coordinator (as John Stefanich)
Raymond M. Tasillo .... special effects
Angel Torres .... special effects (as Angel R. Torres)
Visual Effects by
Glenn Allen .... visual effects supervisor: Brainstorm Digital
Richard Friedlander .... visual effects producer: Brainstorm Digital
Benjamin Murray .... visual effects: Postworks (as Ben Murray)
Rob Roth .... title designer: Brainstorm Digital
Daniel Abramovich .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Justin Ball .... senior systems engineer: Brainstorm Digital (uncredited)
Matthew Conner .... digital artist (uncredited)
Eric J. Robertson .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Chris 'Pinkus' Wesselman .... digital compositor: Brainstorm Digital (uncredited)
Jun Zhang .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Bill Leaman .... stunt double: James
Jason Silvis .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Blane Allan .... crane grip
Alexander Andres .... "b" camera second assistant camera
Allan Barch .... electrician
James R. Belletier .... first assistant camera (as James Belletier)
Keith R. Bradley .... electrician
Jarrett Buba .... electrician
Matthew Bulleri .... rigging grip
Brian 'Buzz' Buzzelli .... dolly grip (as Brian Buzzelli)
Oliver Cary .... "a" camera operator
Oliver Cary .... camera operator: additional photography
Jorgen Christenen .... electrician (as Jorgen Christensen)
John Codi .... rigging grip
John Coots .... best boy electric
John Coots .... best boy electric: additional photography
Kiely Cronin .... "b" camera first assistant camera
Alexander 'Lex' Crow .... electrician (as Lex Crow)
Richard S. Crumrine Jr. .... "b" camera first assistant camera (as Rick Crumrine)
Pat Dames .... "b" camera dolly grip
James Domorski .... 24 frame playback technician (as James S. Domorski)
Ray 'Chazz' Edwards .... grip (as Ray Edwards)
Bart Flaherty .... key grip
Matthew J. Fridg .... electrician
Abbot Genser .... still photographer
Pasquale Anthony Greco .... camera production assistant (as Pasquale Grec)
Lauren Haber .... loader: additional photography
John Hicks .... camera loader
Laura Hudock .... "a" camera second assistant camera
Laura Hudock .... second assistant camera: additional photography
Jeffrey Husser .... rigging electrician
Matthew Khoury .... rigging electrician
Nina Kuhn .... electrician
Sherman Leeper .... grip
Mike McGough .... electrician
Jon D. Morrison .... electrician
John S. Moyer .... "b" camera operator (as John Moyer)
John S. Moyer .... steadicam operator (as John Moyer)
Chris Muchow .... rigging best boy
Joseph E. Myers .... grip
Iris Ng .... electrician (as Iris Tsemin Ng)
Paul Niccolls .... best boy grip: additional photography (as Paul Niccols)
Jean-Pierre Nutini .... rigging gaffer
Mark D. Pasquale .... electrician (as Mark A. Pasqual)
Matthew Pebler .... "b" camera second assistant camera
David Pipik .... electrician
Antonio Ponti .... first assistant camera: additional photography (as Toni Ponti)
Brian Powers .... rigging electrician
Craig Pressgrove .... "a" camera first assistant camera
Guillaume Renberg .... remote head operator
Chris Reynolds .... "b" camera first assistant camera
Amanda Rotzler .... camera loader
John Alan Roush .... electrician (as John A. Roush)
Matt Schafer .... electrician
Ryan Schlagbaum .... electrician
Wilbert Schwilm .... electrician
Keith Seymour .... rigging key grip
Colin Sheehy .... electrician
Ken Shibata .... gaffer
Ken Shibata .... gaffer: additional photography
Terry Shirk .... electrician
Eric Steele .... rigging electrician
David Stern .... key grip: additional photography
Adam Stevenson .... electrician
Wyche Stublefield .... electrician (as Wyche Stubblefield)
Nick Tallo .... grip
Jeff Vandermolen .... best boy electric
Don Yockey .... electrician
Hisham E. Youssef .... rigging electrician (as Hisham Youssef)
Zoran Zdrnja .... rigging electrician
John Zielinski .... electrician
Michael Zinobile .... best boy grip
Nick Zinobile .... grip
Bill Dixon .... additional grip (uncredited)
Tom Mone .... grip: New York (uncredited)
Vance Tucker .... grip (uncredited)
Animation Department
Susan Moran .... background artist (uncredited)
Casting Department
Meredith Jacobson .... extras casting: additional photography
Melissa Mittereder .... extras casting assistant
Nancy Mosser .... casting: Pittsburgh
Katie Shenot .... extras casting
Anne Teutschel .... casting associate: New York
Adam Vincentz .... casting assistant: additional photography
David H. Kramer .... additional voice casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Beschen .... key set costumer
Darcie Buterbaugh .... set costumer
Jason Calabro .... costume production assistant
Diane Collins .... set costumer
Lynne Maureen Curtis .... set costumer: additional photography (as Lynne Curtis)
Alison Evans .... set costumer
Gail A. Fitzgibbons .... costume supervisor: New York (as Gail Fitzgibbons)
Terry James .... costume production assistant
Brandon Kelly .... costume production assistant
Leslie Maxson .... set costumer
Dennis Michaels .... costume production assistant
Jennifer May Nickel .... set costumer (as Jennifer Baldauf)
Diana Pappas .... costume production assistant
Barbie Pastorik .... set costumer
Caroline Quiroga .... assistant costume designer
Noelle Raffy .... costume production assistant
Catherine Riley .... wardrobe supervisor (as Catherine M. Riley)
Deirdre Wegner .... set costumer: additional photography
Kim Wilcox .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
George Bunce .... digital intermediate on-line editor: Postworks
John Crowley .... digital intermediate colorist: Postworks
James Gallagher .... post-production assistant
David B. Hastings .... digital intermediate on-line assistant editor: Postworks (as David Hastings)
Ryan Murphy .... first assistant editor
Claudia Odiaka .... post-production assistant
Matthew Reedy .... digital intermediate producer: Postworks
Veronica Rutledge .... post-production assistant
Eric Ramistella .... digital preview colorist (uncredited)
Corey Stewart .... digital intermediate engineer (uncredited)
Jordan Wood .... telecine operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Christy Gerhart .... music executive: SKE
Bonnie Greenberg .... executive in charge of music: SKE
Annette Kudrak .... music editor
Lawrence Manchester .... music scoring mixer
Tracy McKnight .... music supervisor
Colby Trane .... music coordinator
E. Gedney Webb .... music editor (as Gedney Webb)
Eric J. Paul .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Mike Bearer .... driver
Denny Braun .... transportation captain
Theodor A. Brown .... transportation coordinator: additional photography (as Ted Brown)
Patrick Coughlan .... driver (as E. Patrick Coughlan)
Lauren Donnelly .... driver (as Lauren B. Donnelly)
Robert W. Fazio .... driver (as Robert Fazio)
Irv Gooch .... picture car coordinator: additional photography
John Hicks .... driver
Albert E. Hippert Sr. .... driver (as Albert Hippert)
Chris Hoerger .... driver
Owen Holland .... picture car driver
Daniel Holt .... driver
Kathleen Jandrokovic .... driver
David Jockel .... driver
Vince Junkins .... driver (as Vince Riggle)
Richard P. Mareno .... driver
Brendan McCalla .... driver (as Brendan McCulla)
Tom McCue .... picture car coordinator (as Thomas Titus McCue)
Timothy McLaughlin .... driver (as Timothy S. McLaughlin)
Victor Najanick .... driver
Joseph C. Pokorny .... driver (as Joe Pokorny)
Joe Rogers .... driver
Byron Roland .... driver
Katie Scott .... transportation secretary
Marc Scott .... transportation coordinator
Terence J. Sullivan .... driver (as Terence Sullivan)
Bob Szalinski .... driver (as Bob Szalonsk)
Greg Viglione .... driver
Francis Whalen .... driver (as Francis Whaler)
Keith Wichryk .... picture car driver (as Keith John Wichryk)
Stella Zambrano .... driver
Other crew
Unrico Abbondanza .... loop group
Diana Ascher .... post-production accountant: Trevanna Post
Demian Aspinwall .... set production assistant
Mitchell Barutha .... location assistant
Alyssa Batchelor .... set production assistant
Dan Beers .... promotional footage: Adventureland
Hamish Berry .... production counsel: Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz
Kara Blanchard .... assistant: Anne Carey and Ted Hope
Inna Braude .... key set production assistant
Kevin Breznahan .... loop group
Lisa Brosek .... set production assistant
Shannon Burkett .... loop group
Ellie Burrows .... assistant: Anne Carey and Ted Hope
Maurice Cabrera .... parking coordinator: additional photography
Blanca Camacho .... loop group
Jeff Caron .... location manager
Ray Cervenak .... security captain (as Raymond Cervenak)
Alison Cohen .... production counsel: Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz
Wendy Cohen .... product placement: Act One Script Clearance
Ben Collins .... stand-in
Paula Collins .... craft service (as Paula Collins)
Michael Come .... set production assistant
Jen Cox .... production accountant
Mark Davis .... chef: Open Road Production Catering
Jonathan Dieringer .... assistant: Anne Carey and Ted Hope
Katie Diesinger .... set production assistant
Tony Dixon .... choreographer
Chris Edborg .... set production assistant
David Farr .... accountant: additional photography
Gregory Felmley .... assistant location manager (as Gregory D. Felmley)
Dann Fink .... loop group
Maggie Mattuchio Flynn .... production assistant: additional photography (as Maggie Mattuchio)
Jeffrey Francek .... chef: Open Road Production Catering
Jessa Gabler .... office production assistant
Shani Geva .... assistant: Anne Carey and Ted Hope
Larry Geyer .... assistant production coordinator
Alex Hamilton .... assistant location manager (as Alex Mary Hamilton)
Kevin Harner .... chef: Open Road Production Catering
Jim Hartz .... studio teacher
Virginia M. Herdman .... set medic (as Virginia Herdman)
Kristopher Hummel .... chef: Open Road Production Catering
Armistead Johnson .... loop group
Chelsea Jones .... location production assistant
Kirsten Kearse .... script supervisor
Kirsten Kearse .... script supervisor: additional photography
Vanessa Lemonides .... loop group
Gabriella Ludlow .... production counsel: Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz
James A. Mahathey .... location assistant
Anthony Mahramus .... promotional extras supervisor
Steve Makowski .... promotional footage: Adventureland
Mary Ann McBride .... accounting clerk
Dan McCabe .... loop group
Peter McCabe .... loop group
Ryan McCloskey .... location production assistant
Daniel McGuire .... location assistant
Dominic Mecchia .... assistant: Greg Mottola
Julie Moffa .... set production assistant
Matthew Monaco .... first assistant accountant
Frank Murray .... accounting consultant (as Francois J. Murray)
Jayar Myers .... location assistant: additional photography (as J.R. Myers)
Anne Nevin .... production office coordinator: additional photography
Lauren Newhouse .... production secretary (as Lauren E. Newhouse)
Joe Paclawski .... office production assistant
Timothy Papciak .... set production assistant
Jared Pascoe .... extras wrangler
Kevin Pazmino .... production assistant: additional photography
Rob Pellecchia .... production counsel: Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz
Jason Planitzer .... location assistant
Joaquin Diego Prange .... assistant location manager: additional photography
Adam Raviart .... promotional extras assistant
Olga Richards .... set production assistant
Layman Ridenour .... chef: Open Road Production Catering
Allison Robin .... product placement: Act One Script Clearance
Josh Rosenstrauch .... office production assistant: additional photography
Melissa Rotonto .... craft service
Bob Ruefle .... location production assistant
Alan Sade .... stand-in
Kristin Sanctis .... location assistant
Tracey Schaefer .... unit publicist (as Tracey Zemitis)
Erin Ashley Scillia .... stand-in (as Ashley Sicilia)
Dan Short .... location production assistant (as Daniel Short)
Jason Silvis .... craft service
Vinay Singh .... assistant: Anne Carey and Ted Hope
Michelle Skaneski .... set production assistant
Daryl Sledge .... production assistant: additional photography
Drew Smith .... craft service
Mary Beth Spears .... key medic (as Mary Beth Spear)
Janice F. Sperling .... production coordinator
Andrea Spring .... craft service
Michael Stewart .... production assistant: additional photography
Kylie Straub .... office production assistant
David Thomas .... stand-in
Ria Thompson .... office production assistant (as Ria Linn Thompson)
Vivian Tong .... office production assistant
Rob van de Laar .... craft service: additional photography (as Rob van de Lar)
Diana Victor .... business affairs executive: This is that
Don Wadsworth .... dialect coach
John C. Walker .... set production assistant
Noreen Ward .... payroll accountant (as Noreen E. Ward)
Thomas J. Whelan .... location supervisor: additional photography
Bruce Winant .... loop group
Sally Winters .... loop group
Adam F. Wright .... location production assistant (as Adam Wright)
Stephanie C. Yeager .... promotional extras assistant (as Stephanie Yeager)
Michael Bartol .... staff production coordinator: Miramax Films (uncredited)
Josh Cleland .... Set Production Assistant (uncredited)
Jarrett Fisher .... office production assistant (uncredited)
Justin Kavoussi .... production assistant (uncredited)
Curtis McCormick .... epk sound (uncredited)
Frank Rossi .... acting coach (uncredited)
Caleb Rugg .... production assistant (uncredited)
Heli Soell .... assistant post-production accountant (uncredited)
Daniel Villagomez .... legal administrator (uncredited)
Sarah Allentuch .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Judd Apatow .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Steven Bittle .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Cara Buono .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Jessica Conner .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Jeff Filicko .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Carla Gallo .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Jim Gardner .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Sheila Jaffe .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Dawn M. Keezer .... the filmmakers wish to thank (as Dawn Keezer)
Jennifer Konner .... the filmmakers wish to thank (as Jenni Konner)
Beth Littleford .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Obie O'Brien .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Bob Odenkirk .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Seth Rogen .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Mary Lou Rosemeyer .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Rodney Rothman .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Jay Rubin .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Jane Saul .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Jason Segel .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Moura Starr .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Nicholas Stoller .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language, drug use and sexual references
Argentina:107 min | USA:107 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Continuity: When James is calling the horse race for the second time, when the camera shows the horses the purple horse is in the race but when the camera closes up on James, the purple horse is still in the home/stationary position, but when the camera shows the horses returning to the home position the purple is moving back again.See more »
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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173 out of 247 people found the following review useful.
Advenutreland has a misleading trailer problem, 6 April 2009
Author: dr_brendan from United States

Do you know that feeling you get when you've been lied to about a movie. A while back when In Bruges came out, the trailers pitched the movie as a wacky, Guy-Ritche-esquire, comedy with midgets and whores. Imagine the surprise of most of the movie goers when they went to see this film, and it turns out to be a very dark comedy, written about a suicidal hit man who is know facing regret and depression in the worst vacation spot ever. This feeling of surprise can sometimes make or brake how a movie is received for some people. Most of the time the audience will walk out of the film thinking that they've been lied to just so they will have payed for a ticket and other times the audience realizes that, if the movie wasn't pitched to them as this picture that they've seen before, they wouldn't have seen the film in the first place.

This is how I felt when I left Adventureland. Let me get this out of the way, Adventureland is NOT A COMEDY. I know the trailers pitch it as one, the director says it's one, and under the genre section of IMDb it says 'Comedy. But, this film, honestly, has two jokes in it, most of them supplied by Bill "By God You're In Everything Aren't You?" Hader. I'm not saying that this film only has two jokes in it like there are a lot of jokes in here but they're not funny. I'm saying that they're are only two jokes. Yes, Adventureland was pitched to us a romantic teen comedy about a horrible summer job but instead the film is a romantic drama that focuses on 21+ year old, coping with the fact that life is in fact full of sour lemons and you need to take a horrible job because it's the only thing you can do. I too was surprised that Adventureland wasn't a comedy but once you get past that, the film is actually very enjoyable and turns out to be one of the most intimate romance films on the same scale as 'Once.'

The film centers around the double named protagonist, Brennan James. Who is a couple thousand short of the money he needs for his trip around Europe as well as the first couple months rent for when he starts going to school in NYC. His parents inform him that his dad has been demoted and he's gonna have to pay for the money himself. The only job that is still hiring is the seedy amusement park Adventureland where all of the employees do nothing but talk about how much their job sucks, smoke weed and get drunk during their shifts. Brennan-James falls in love with the smart-dangerous girl, Em. But due to his drug connections, the hot girl of the theme park starts to become attracted to him. A love triangle turns into a square, then a hexagon and soon just a big pile of mess.

The film itself could go for a very whimsical style here due to the amusement park setting but because of the directors previous works (Freaks and Geeks and Superbad) he decided to go for a super-realistic approach. I also feel like he chose to direct this drama because he wanted to expand himself as a director. The direction itself is pretty subtle, which is for the best. I was really engrossed in the script itself and I felt like any "special" work the director put in it might have taken me out of this twenty-something romance story.

The story is a very good one. This too goes for the extremely realistic approach. Watching this film I remembered all of the times I had experienced something like this with a girl and that's when I realized that the film had totally sucked me in. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen to Brennan and Em and once their relationship hit a couple of big rocks I remembered all of the times I had nearly ruined my relationships by doing something stupid. (i.e. listening to my penis and not my brain)

I was worried about the acting at first, it has a newbie as the lead and the twilight girl as his love interest. Not to mention Ryan Renolds playing a mentor figure, one that is a couple of cockiness points away from being the one in Waiting. However the director must have worked his magic with these three because they display some of the best performances I've seen in a while. They emote, they repress, they do everything a real person does in a relationship to the degree where their characters are so well developed your rubbing your eyes in disbelief like some kind f college screwball comedy. Then again, realism seems to be the thing Adventureland seems to do be going for.

This film is trying to grab the attention of the forty-somethings that were twenty-somethings in 1980 by making the most realistic nostalgia trip I've ever seen. The costumes seem like they're right out of value village, the dialog seems like you could have said it today and the acting makes the characters seem as if they're real people.

If feel that Adventureland wasn't pitched to the audience as a dramatic look at young love during the backdrop of the late 1980's because in the latter part of this decade, the only way young people are willing to look at the 1980's is through the eyes of irony. Looking at hot new styles as stupid idiotic fashion choices. Adventureland looks past all of that and makes a film that seem to be a grown up Sixteen Candles and because of this new approach to a beaten down idea, I not only applaud this movie but recommend it to people who have been looking for something new.

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