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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
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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It was the worst job they ever imagined... and the best time of their lives. 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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The real Adventureland park is located in Farmingdale, Long Island, New York. See more »

Goofs

When James is calling the horse race for the second time, when the camera shows the horses the purple horse is in the race but when the camera closes up on James, the purple horse is still in the home/stationary position, but when the camera shows the horses returning to the home position the purple is moving back again. See more »

Quotes

Joel: So your life must be utter shit, or you wouldn't be here.
James Brennan: I was supposed to go to Europe, but my family has money problems.
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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 »

Soundtracks

Pale Blue Eyes
Written by Lou Reed
Performed by The Velvet Underground
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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I Love the '80s
5 April 2009 | by OtherBrotherDarrylSee all my reviews

And I loved this movie.

I grew up in the '80s, and have always had a fondness for the decade. So much so that I've always thought that if I ever manage to write a screenplay, it will probably be set in that era. Until today, I hadn't seen a movie set in the '80s that I really loved, unless it was made back then. I learned to love movies in the '80s, and this one felt like it could easily have been made back then. It isn't like other '80s retro films that hit you over the head with winks and nods to the quirks of that era. You won't see anyone trying to solve a Rubik's Cube while doing the moonwalk in a pair of parachute pants and saying "totally rad."

You also won't see a Superbad retread (people have complained that the ads are misleading). There's lots of great laughs, but it comes mostly from subtle situational moments, not in-your-face punchline dialog. This is a character driven movie, and Jesse Eisenberg really shines in a very likable performance as the geekish underdog out to win the heart of the cool and beautiful but angst-ridden Kristen Stewart.

Most of the performances are wonderful, but the writing is what truly makes this movie great. Some of the most memorable moments involve the dark side of amusement parks. The real Adventureland park, where writer/director Motolla once worked, can't be too happy with this film. I imagine they might want to sue, if only that wouldn't bring even more news and attention to the shenanigans that occur there. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but "shenanigans" is putting it kindly.

The '80s was the decade where coming-of-age dramedies blossomed with great soundtracks, and Adventureland pays off in that regard as well.

Motolla himself has warned: "I hope people who grew up in the '80s don't assume it's not for them." Those who are expecting another raunchy teen romp like Superbad may be disappointed. These "kids" are probably old enough to drink legally, though that doesn't appear to be their drug of choice. This movie has more in common with Almost Famous and Outside Providence than it does with Superbad, and not just because it's semi-autobiographical. Though the humor isn't quite as prevalent as it is in Superbad, I found the laughter that it did evoke to be far more satisfying.


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