Adventureland (2009) Poster



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Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke flew out to Pittsburgh to meet Kristen Stewart on her day off from filming Adventureland to audition her for the role of Isabella Swan, which she won and accepted.
Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader were only on set for four days. All scenes with their characters, Paulette and Bobby, had to be condensed and shot quickly due to their commitments to Saturday Night Live.
Crews were hired to remove and hide snowfall and snow accumulation during filming because the film was shot in the winter months. In some indoor scenes, extras were paid to block the windows and doors so the snowfall wouldn't be visible on camera.
The real Adventureland park is located in Farmingdale, Long Island, New York.
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.
A total of 41 songs were licensed for use in the film, but only 14 made the film's accompanying soundtrack. Most songs used are from the 1980's but to fit the time frame songs from the 1960's and 1970's were also utilized.
The movie was originally set to debut the same day the real Adventureland park reopened for business in 2009: 27 March.
Adventureland was filmed in Pittsburgh, PA. The amusement park in the movie is known as Kennywood Park. The rides shown in the movie are actual rides, although the names of the games have been changed.
The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2007 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.
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.
There are several easter eggs on the film's Blu-Ray release including an unseen clip from Ryan Reynolds and a clip of Kristen Stewart creating an elaborate plan to sneak into the Razzmatazz dance club.
Long after most photography on this film was done, an important NYC rainy street scene was shot on Ludlow Street between Grand and Hester, just a few doors down from where Lou Reed and John Cale lived and worked as part of The Velvet Underground.
The game "Hats Off to Larry" is named for a 1961 hit song by Del Shannon.
There is also an Adventureland amusement park in Altoona, Iowa.
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.
Cameo (Ian Harding) : As the wealthy prepster who calls James Brennan (Einsberg) 'carnival boy'
The parks name "Adventureland" is an actual amusement park in Farmingdale, Long Island, not far from where the writer/director grew up.
The film takes place in 1987.
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James Brennan's (Jesse Eisenberg) friend Eric had gotten into Harvard. Jesse Eisenberg went on to portray Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network" in 2010 who was enrolled at Harvard.
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When James is dumped by Arlene in the first scene, one of his friends says "You didn't tell her about the scarlet V, did you?", indicating that James is marked by a V as he is still a virgin. This echoes the novel, "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, where Hester Prynne has to wear a scarlet A to mark her as an adulteress.
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In the scene when Brennan and Em are going to eat the marijuana cookies, Joel (Martin Starr) is about to try one as well before noticing the nuts and exclaiming "Walnuts? Do you want to see me go into anaphylactic shock?" Starr's character in Freaks and Geeks (1999) had a nut allergy and went into anaphylactic shock in the episode Freaks and Geeks: Chokin' and Tokin' (2000).

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