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

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3 April 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adventureland - Job d'été à éviter  »

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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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Cameo (Ian Harding) : As the wealthy prepster who calls James Brennan (Einsberg) 'carnival boy' See more »

Goofs

When Bobby is calling the race at the horse game, all of the horses are still at the start and none of them are moving. See more »

Quotes

Em Lewin: [crying] I don't want to drink. Did you know James went out with Lisa P. last week?
Mike Connell: I know.
Em Lewin: You know.
Mike Connell: You want me to rat out James?
Em Lewin: Right.
Mike Connell: Can you sit down, please? Just for a second.
[Em sits on couch]
Mike Connell: Look you want to end this?
Em Lewin: Yes.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in Half in the Bag: American Ultra (2015) See more »

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Hot Blooded
Written by Lou Gramm (as Louis A. Grammatico) and Mick Jones (as Michael Leslie Jones)
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clever, witty, and absolutely enjoyable
2 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

So I saw "Adventureland" at an advanced screening and I found it to be quite entertaining and funny with a certain "real & genuine" vibe. It takes place in the mid-80's and involves a college grad played by fairly newcomer, Jesse Eisenberg who takes a job at a local amusement park to save money in hope to go to New York. Though the job maybe dreary; he finds himself having the best time of his life. I personally loved how director, "Greg Mottola" incorporated a few clever sequences one involving "weed cookies" which just made it diverse to other teen comedies. The music was typical 80's which also made the movie that much more fun! I particularly loved "Lou Reed." All in all the story and characters were enjoyable to watch and you can truly find yourself relating to them. It may not compare to movies such as "Superbad" comedy wise because it is much more of a semi "dark humor" type reminiscent to "Juno." Genuinely speaking, I personally really enjoyed this movie and would actually see it again with friends at the theater for a good time, which I can't say I would for the majority of other teen comedies out there.


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