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)
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. See more »
When Em is watching the Poison video, "I Want Action", you can clearly see a man in the reflection on the television, but Em is the only person in the room. See more »
Hey honey, I'm running out of googly eyes. Do you have any more over there?
Yeah, me too. But I found these.
[holds up eye patches]
So I have just been sort of.
Hey Em! What's up?
Uh, I quit! See ya.
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A commercial for the Adventureland amusement park can be seen during the end credits. See more »
While watching this movie, it wasn't clear if this was supposed to be a comedy or a drama, so it's difficult to put this into a category. It was funny and sad, so I'd classify it as a comedy/drama.
The movie takes place in the 1980's and the main character is forced to take a job a Pittsburgh area amusement park called "Adventureland" so he can save enough money to attend graduate school. While his parents feel the job is beneath his college degree qualifications, it's the only job he can find so he takes it, and ends up working the game show booths. While working there, he meets Kristen Stewart, and they develop a romantic relationship, which takes up a large chunk of the movie. Kristen, incidentally, seems to be playing the same exact character she played in "Twilight", wounded and needy.
Based on the trailers, I was expecting something along the lines of "Superbad" but the movie was a lot closer to "Dazed & Confused", a well written period piece of the 1970's. The comedy aspect of the movie was in the interactions with his friends, parents, co-workers, and supervisors. There weren't a lot of LOL moments, but the humor is more in identifying with the characters and their lives.
I enjoyed the movie and anyone living or growing up during the 1980's will appreciate the mood & music of the film.
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