Critic Consensus: Full of humor and nostalgia, Adventureland is a sweet, insightful coming-of-age comedy that will resonate with teens and adults alike.
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as James Brennan
as Em Lewin
as Joel Schiffman
as Mike Connell
as Lisa P.
as Mr. Lewin
as Mr. Brennan
as Tommy Frigo
as Sue O'Malley
as Pete O'Malley
as Mrs. Brennan
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Critic Reviews for Adventureland
As a sweet-natured character comedy - and a subtle exercise in generic boundary-pushing - this is a real charmer.
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.
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.
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.
Adventureland's young cast is strong, and, when the film works, it captures the languid limbo of post-adolescent confusion and longing.
Audience Reviews for Adventureland
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.
A delightful, sweet and sensitive coming-of-age story directed by Greg Motolla, who also made the incredibly hilarious Superbad, and it has a nostalgic soundtrack and some very good performances, especially by an always great and charismatic Jesse Eisenberg.
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.
|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.|
|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. [starts to walk away]|
|James Brennan:||Wait, Em! I think I maybe see you a little differently than you see yourself. Yes I see the person who fucked up, but I also see the person who saved me from being knifed over a giant-ass panda, who introduced me to psychotropic chocolate-chip cookies, who stood up for Joel, and who doesn't make apologies for herself. Look, my theory is you can't just avoid everybody you screw up with. And you should trust me, I'm a New Yorker.|
|James Brennan:||Look, am I gonna get in trouble? No one's ever supposed to lose a giant-ass panda.|
|Em Lewin:||Is it worth getting knifed over?|
|James Brennan:||No. Hi, I'm James Brennan. I just started.|
|Em Lewin:||Em, nice to meet you. Sucks you're gonna lose your job your second day, James.|
|James Brennan:||No. Shit! I need this job.|
|Em Lewin:||I'm kidding.You're okay. I'll tell Bobby you lost the panda at knife point.|
|Em Lewin:||[yelling at Sue] You know you don't deserve to date Joel. You're an anti-Semitic asshole, what do you like hate gay people too? Do you support apartheid? You are not my friend!|
|James Brennan:||Who's that?|
|Em Lewin:||It's my stepmom. I don't think there's any pictures of my mom in here. She died two years ago.|
|James Brennan:||Really? I'm sorry.|
|Em Lewin:||My dad remarried last year. That's Francy. You see that unholy abomination on her head? It's a wig.|
|James Brennan:||Is it?|
|Em Lewin:||She had, like, a nervous breakdown when her first husband divorced her. Lost all her hair. I would feel bad if she wasn't such a status-obsessed witch.|
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