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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... James Brennan
... Arlene (as Kelsey Ford)
... Eric
Ryan McFarland ... Brad
Jack Gilpin ... Mr. Brennan
... Mrs. Brennan
... Tommy Frigo
... Velvet Touch Manager
Stephen Mast ... Rich
... Paulette
... Bobby
... Joel
Adam Kroloff ... Adult Contestant
... Em Lewin
... 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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Nothing brings people together like a crappy summer job. 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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Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$16,025,394, 24 May 2009
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The game "Hats Off to Larry" is named for a 1961 hit song by Del Shannon. See more »

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When James bump into the tree, at first is front glasses is broken, but in the next scene when is mother wake him up the glass is in perfect shape. See more »

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Em Lewin: [surprised] Wow.
James Brennan: Hi. I just got off the bus. I'm a New Yorker now. I guess I should probably buy an umbrella.
Em Lewin: I don't think I can see you.
James Brennan: What?
Em Lewin: This summer was rough. I did things that I really, really regret.
James Brennan: Yeah, me too. I'm sorry I told Lisa P. about you and Connell. She told the rest of the world, but I'm not gonna lie. I was really angry at you but you didn't deserve that.
Em Lewin: You know, James, I am so sorry for fucking this up. You were the only good thing that happened this summer.
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A commercial for the Adventureland amusement park can be seen during the end credits. See more »

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References Asteroids (1979) 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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Good "Coming of Age" Drama/Comedy
9 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

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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