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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

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Greg Mottola
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Eisenberg ... James Brennan
Kelsey Ledgin ... Arlene (as Kelsey Ford)
Michael Zegen ... Eric
Ryan McFarland Ryan McFarland ... Brad
Jack Gilpin ... Mr. Brennan
Wendie Malick ... Mrs. Brennan
Matt Bush ... Tommy Frigo
Todd Cioppa ... Velvet Touch Manager
Stephen Mast Stephen Mast ... Rich
Kristen Wiig ... Paulette
Bill Hader ... Bobby
Martin Starr ... Joel
Adam Kroloff Adam Kroloff ... Adult Contestant
Kristen Stewart ... Em Lewin
Kevin Breznahan ... Molly Hatchet T-Shirt Guy
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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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Long hours. Low pay. High times. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adventureland - Job d'été à éviter See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,722,039, 5 April 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,025,394, 24 May 2009
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film when James punches Tommy in the groin he clearly misses him. Jesse Eisenberg pulls his punch so as not to actually hurt Matt Bush. See more »

Quotes

Eric: Fuck this weed is good.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Wheel of Fortune (1983) See more »

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Don't Change
Written by Garry Beers (as Garry William Beers), Andrew Farriss (as Andrew C. Farriss), Jon Farriss (as Jonathan James Farriss), Tim Farriss (as Timothy William Farriss), Michael Hutchence (as Michael Kelland Hutchence), and Kirk Pengilly
Performed by INXS
Courtesy of Mercury Records Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises and Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Just mediocre
6 January 2010 | by MW32See all my reviews

Adventureland is neither as good as the fanboys claim nor as bad as some of the semi-illiterate posters here say. It's just a mediocre coming-of-age movie, which unfortunately seems to think it's smarter than it really is. Just because you mention Melville and Horace does not mean you are an intellectual with something deep to say. It just means you took a couple of lit courses and remembered a couple of things. (Although, in the 21st century, that qualifies you as smarter than 75% of moviegoers.) Clichés abound in Adventureland, from Em showing how wonderfully good-hearted she is by criticizing a girl who won't date a Jew, to every single adult in the movie being a fool, to the nerdy guy who hasn't had sex yet, to a romantic meeting in the rain.... Once again, the fact that this thing is hailed as a good movie shows just how lousy most movies are. Admittedly, it tries to be more than a dumb teen movie, but trying does not equal success.


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