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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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Greg Mottola

Writer:

Greg Mottola
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Eisenberg ... James Brennan
Martin Starr ... Joel
Jack Gilpin ... Mr. Brennan
Margarita Levieva ... Lisa P.
Wendie Malick ... Mrs. Brennan
Kristen Wiig ... Paulette
Bill Hader ... Bobby
Matt Bush ... Tommy Frigo
Paige Howard ... Sue O'Malley
Dan Bittner ... Pete O'Malley
Josh Pais ... Mr. Lewin
Mary Birdsong ... Francy
Kristen Stewart ... Em Lewin
Barret Hackney Barret Hackney ... Munch (as Barrett Hackney)
Michael Zegen ... Eric
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, drug use and sexual references | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The parks name "Adventureland" is an actual amusement park in Farmingdale, Long Island, not far from where the writer/director grew up. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie after James finds out about Em & Connell, Wang Chung's "Dance Hall Days" can be heard playing over the park's loudspeakers. If you have subtitles on, the subtitle states "Safety Dance" (by Men Without Hats) as the song playing. See more »

Quotes

[James is commenting a horse game race without much enthusiasm]
James Brennan: Okay, we have a winner. It's the purple horse. Uh... Okay, green's in second, and yellow's third. Congratulations.
[gives a teddy bear to a girl]
James Brennan: Here you go, you can have that.
Bobby: Hey, James?
James Brennan: Yeah?
Bobby: Maybe you could, uh, take it up a notch?
James Brennan: Yeah, I know... Maybe I'm not the right guy to run this game. I really... I think I should probably be on the rides department.
Bobby: Oh, no, no, no. No. You're more of a game guy.
Paulette: Yeah, you're very... you're very...
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Crazy Credits

A commercial for the Adventureland amusement park can be seen during the end credits. See more »


Soundtracks

Let the Music Play
Written by Chris Barbosa & Edward Chisolm
Performed by Shannon
Courtesy of Mirage Music
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Adventureland vs. Superbad :: No Contest
26 April 2009 | by Filmmaker10See all my reviews

Adventureland is one of the best teenage films I have ever seen. I almost am upset by the advertising plan and budget the film had because if it was given enough commercial advertisement it would've been as successful as Superbad. Sadly this film went under the radar and wasn't given the acclaim it deserved. As a teen exploitation film, this movie accurately describes, interprets, and expresses the mind of a teenager and incredibly gives any teenage viewer a sense of closure. Because unlike Superbad, the characters in Adventureland are easy to relate to and are more vulnerable in an emotional sense. Anyone who sees this film to relax and enjoy a bit of comedy with a heartfelt story, or to reminisce about their teenage years, their first jobs or their personal time at Adventureland, or even to watch a teenage love story will get what they were looking for.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,722,039, 5 April 2009

Gross USA:

$16,044,025

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,164,820
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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