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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):
Greg Mottola (written by)
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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 »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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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 (as Barrett Hackney)

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 (as Cliff Chen)
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 (as Gennaro Disilvio)
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)
Minda Briley ... Park Mom (uncredited)

Evan Alex Cole ... Prepster Friend (uncredited)

Caroline Collins ... Eric's Mother (uncredited)
Matt Croyle ... Connell's Friend (uncredited)
Christopher Cussat ... Park Patron (uncredited)
Joe Dolan ... Park Patron (uncredited)
Dave Eveler ... Park Attendant (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)
Doug Michaels ... Park Patron (uncredited)
Jeremy Moon ... Park Patron (uncredited)
Jackson Nunn ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jared Pfennigwerth ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Krista Ream ... Nightclub Dancer (uncredited)
Randy Rogan ... Park Patron (uncredited)

Brenna Roth ... Punk Rocker (uncredited)

Brandee Sanders ... 80's girl (uncredited)
Logan C. Sayre ... Arcade Boy (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 .... 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 .... 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 .... re-recording mixer
Damian Volpe .... sound designer
John Werner .... foley supervisor
Chad Birmingham .... foley editor (uncredited)
Roy Braverman .... foley editor (uncredited)
Roy Braverman .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Travis MacKay .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Michael Bird .... special effects coordinator: additional photography (as Mike Bird)
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
Joe Myers .... grip (as Joseph E. Myers)
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 M. Kelly .... costume production assistant (as Brandon Kelly)
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)
Location Management
Mitchell Barutha .... location assistant
Jeff Caron .... location manager
Greg Felmley .... assistant location manager (as Gregory D. Felmley)
Alex Hamilton .... assistant location manager (as Alex Mary Hamilton)
Chelsea Jones .... location production assistant
James A. Mahathey .... location assistant
Ryan McCloskey .... location production assistant
Daniel McGuire .... location assistant
Jayar Myers .... location assistant: additional photography (as J.R. Myers)
Jason Planitzer .... location assistant
Joaquin Diego Prange .... assistant location manager: additional photography
Bob Ruefle .... location production assistant
Kristin Sanctis .... location assistant
Dan Short .... location production assistant (as Daniel Short)
Thomas J. Whelan .... location supervisor: additional photography
Adam F. Wright .... location production assistant (as Adam Wright)
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
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
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
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
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
Kirsten Kearse .... script supervisor
Kirsten Kearse .... script supervisor: additional photography
Vanessa Lemonides .... loop group
Gabriella Ludlow .... production counsel: Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz
Anthony Mahramus .... promotional extras supervisor
Steve Makowski .... promotional footage: Adventureland
Mary Ann McBride .... accounting clerk
Dan McCabe .... loop group
Peter McCabe .... loop group
Dominic Mecchia .... assistant: Greg Mottola
Julie Moffa .... set production assistant
Matthew Monaco .... first assistant accountant
Frank Murray .... accounting consultant (as Francois J. Murray)
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
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
Alan Sade .... stand-in
Tracey Schaefer .... unit publicist (as Tracey Zemitis)
Erin Ashley Scillia .... stand-in (as Ashley Sicilia)
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)
Bruce Winant .... loop group
Sally Winters .... loop group
Stephanie C. Yeager .... promotional extras assistant (as Stephanie Yeager)
Michael Bartol .... staff production coordinator: Miramax Films (uncredited)
Josh Cleland .... Set Production Assistant (uncredited)
Dennis Davidson .... International publicity consultants (uncredited)
Jarrett Fisher .... office production assistant (uncredited)
Justin Kavoussi .... production assistant (uncredited)
Curtis McCormick .... epk sound (uncredited)
Ryan Murphy .... adr voice actor (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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Did You Know?

Adventureland (2009) marks the first of three collaborations between Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. They also co-star in American Ultra (2015) and in Café Society Woody Allen project.See more »
Anachronisms: After James has a drink at the bar, he is driving past a car dealership, where you can clearly see new Ford Mustang models. And also at the end in New York City when he steps off the bus, a modern model Lincoln Town Car is clearly visible.See more »
James Brennan:Who's that?
Em Lewin:It's my stepmom. I don't think there's any pictures of my mom in here. She died two years ago.
James Brennan:Really? I'm sorry.
Em Lewin:My dad remarried last year. That's Francy. You see that unholy abomination on her head? It's a wig.
James Brennan:Is it?
Em Lewin:She had, like, a nervous breakdown when her first husband divorced her. Lost all her hair. I would feel bad if she wasn't such a status-obsessed witch.
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300 out of 342 people found the following review useful.
Genius, tender romance mismarketed as teen sex romp, 3 April 2009
Author: ametaphysicalshark from

There will be a backlash against "Adventureland", or at least a disappointed reaction from some. The reason being that the film was marketed as another raunchy-sweet comedy from the Apatow empire, when in fact it has almost nothing to do with those films, and is very different from most of writer/director Greg Mottola's previous film "Superbad" (which is great in its own way, but it's nothing like this film). It is a tender, intimate romance surrounded by goofball humor, but the extent of the 'dirty jokes' in this movie is Jesse Eisenberg's character James getting out of the pool at a house party with an erection.

The movie is a sentimental (not sappy, mind), very personal, journey through the summer of 1987 for recent college grad and deep thinker James Brennan (played superbly by Jesse Eisenberg), whose plans for the summer fall apart (due to Reaganomics affecting his father's income) resulting in him having to get a crappy job at the titular amusement park. There he meets Em, played by Kristen Stewart, and the romance, which is the focus of the film, begins. This is very, very far removed from the slob-meets-babe formula common in comedies in recent years. James is a virgin, true, a 22 year old one at that, but that has far more to do with the character's tentative nature than any 'quest' to get laid (ala "The 40 Year Old Virgin", which works on its own terms of course, but is again nothing like "Adventureland"), and he is far from bad looking. Em isn't a dolled-up 'hot chick' with perfectly styled hair and perfect style, she's moderately well-dressed and naturally beautiful, but wears makeup in a grand total of two scenes, and is actually NOT the 'babe' in the film (that's Margarita Levieva as Lisa P, who, though the 'babe', is not the sought-after one).

I am finding it hard to describe exactly why I loved this film as much as I did, but I think it mostly comes down to subtle, wonderful writing by Mottola, who was obviously telling a personal story here and did a great job of it. The screenplay is a funny, poignant take on post-collegiate angst and love, with some elements of social satire, and its focus is one of the most memorable and wonderful romances in quite some time. This romance makes Stewart's breakthrough hit "Twilight" seem even more offensively dumb, because of just how real it is.

Mottola, who absolutely nailed "Superbad" as a director, does even more with "Adventureland". His work with the actors is perhaps most notable. Bill Hader does what he did in "Superbad" and Matt Bush plays a slapstick role as Tommy Frigo, but everyone else is given more emotional poignancy and range to work with. Ryan Reynolds has abandoned his trademark smarmy shtick for a straight role in the film. As noted by Nathan Rabin in his review of "Adventureland", in a lesser film Reynolds (a failed attempt at a 'rock star' who is in an unhappy marriage and is having an affair with Em, and who is a loser to everyone but the deadbeats younger than him at the amusement park) would be a villain, James Brennan's adversary in a typical love triangle. In "Adventureland" he's a real person, and a rather tragic character. Not a nice guy, not a bad guy either. Martin Starr is great in the main supporting role as Joel. Mottola's direction is fantastic visually as well, with every scene brimming with intensity when it needs to be and the comedic timing again excellent. His use of music is absolutely spot-on, and if you thought the funky greatness of the "Superbad" soundtrack was good wait until you hear this low-key but incredible soundtrack made up almost entirely by great 80's pop songs (and not the mainstream garbage). Great musical score by Yo La Tengo as well.

The film is ultimately such a massive success I think due to Kristen Stewart. I knew she was a capable actress but did not know that she was this terrific. She is transformed into Em for the entirety of the film, and is overwhelmingly intense for the entirety of her performance, whether the raw (but not even close to raunchy) sexuality of her scenes with Eisenberg (and boy do they have a rare sort of chemistry) or the understated sadness of her scenes with Reynolds. Eisenberg and Stewart are so wonderfully understated with their performances that their romance feels realer than anything I've seen since Zooey Deschanel and Dan Schneider in David Gordon Green's "All the Real Girls". This might be a familiar journey but the treatment of Reynolds' character is only one thing Mottola does different from the John Hugheses of the world. Everything about this film is just more real and more understated than so much of what we've seen done with similar things.

The film has one or two scenes where plain lust is the focus, and absolutely none where the movie becomes about sex jokes. That James is a virgin is a side note, part of the character and nothing more. It couldn't be less about James wanting to bed Em, it couldn't be more about him being totally in love with her. Although critics are falling over themselves to praise the film (89% on RottenTomatoes at the time I'm writing this and a score in the high 70's on Metacritic) some have called it 'ordinary'. Perhaps much of the public will agree with that minority of the critics, but the film thrives on capturing 'ordinary moments'. The simple beauty of James, Em, and Joel watching fireworks on the 4th of July or a marijuana-fueled bumper car round scored to "Just Like Heaven" by The Cure. That's what this film is about. It's wonderful, it's beautiful, and if it's not a sleeper hit this year then it will eventually become a cult classic. It's something special, that much I know for sure.

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