Adventureland (2009)

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Critic Consensus: Full of humor and nostalgia, Adventureland is a sweet, insightful coming-of-age comedy that will resonate with teens and adults alike.


Movie Info

Inspired by writer/director Greg Mottola's own true-life job-from-hell experience, Adventureland stars The Education of Charlie Banks' Jesse Eisenberg as an uptight recent college graduate who discovers that he'll have to get a degrading minimum-wage job at a local amusement park instead of spending his summer drinking German beer, visiting world-class museums, and flirting with cute French girls. It's the summer of 1987, and James Brennan (Eisenberg) has just graduated from college. James is … More

Rating: R (for language, drug use and sexual references)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Greg Mottola
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 25, 2009
Box Office: $16.0M
Runtime:
Miramax Films - Official Site

Cast


as James Brennan

as Joel Schiffman

as Mike Connell

as Paulette

as Mr. Lewin

as Mrs. Brennan

as Francy

as Mr. Brennan

as Tommy Frigo

as Sue O'Malley

as Pete O'Malley
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Critic Reviews for Adventureland

All Critics (208) | Top Critics (46)

As a sweet-natured character comedy - and a subtle exercise in generic boundary-pushing - this is a real charmer.

Full Review… | September 11, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

It's a film of overwhelming goodwill. You'll like everyone in this movie, and you'll leave the theater thinking they would probably like you too.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013
Deadspin

The messages -- about silver linings in lousy jobs, the collision of hormones and heartstrings, and the adventure of discovering who you really are and what you really want -- ring honest and true, for any era.

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
American Profile

Adventureland is ultimately an interesting but flawed mixture of Mottolla's early indie sensibility (The Daytrippers) with some of the more mainstream teen comedy elements of Superbad.

Full Review… | August 26, 2011
IGN Movies

Adventureland's young cast is strong, and, when the film works, it captures the languid limbo of post-adolescent confusion and longing.

Full Review… | April 20, 2011
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

A coming of age tale based loosely on the experiences of writer/director Greg Mottola, Adventureland is a surprisingly dense teen flick yet its unfortunate forays into religion bashing undermines its overall effect.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Adventureland

½

A movie set in the 80's some interesting charters with deent acting from Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. Watching this though looked Stewart channeled some of her Bella Swan to this movie but with a little bit more empathy. A fun ride.

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John Manard

Super Reviewer

½

Nothing brings people together like a crappy summer job.

Saw it again! Great Movie! To me this movie really touched me and I felt like a kid again seeing this film and hearing those 80's music hits and when I use to go to those fares. But this movie is much more than that, it reminded me of been a teenager and going thru the pressures of school and girls, having fun in summer with no worries, how been popular was and still is what everyone wants to be around friends in those years of there lives. The movie all round is pretty funny and has it's sarcastic moments with laugh out loud moments you will enjoy.

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.

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Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

A beautiful, well-written and well-filmed comedy that features impressive performances from Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. Between the intimate cinematography to the wonderful soundtrack, Adventureland is a triumph, and a thoroughly enjoyable, honest treat.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

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