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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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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 all set to embark on his dream tour of Europe when his parents (Wendie Malick and Jack Gilpin) suddenly announce that they won't be able to subsidize the trip. Now the only things James has to look forward to this summer are sugar-fueled children, belligerent dads, and an endless parade of giant stuffed animals. When James strikes up a relationship with captivating co-worker Em (Kristen Stewart), however, he finally starts to loosen up. Suddenly, the worst summer ever doesn't seem quite so bad. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


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  • Jul 02, 2016
    Just misses being special. Nonetheless,should appeal to movie goers who don't mind their main character being nerdy dweebs trying to land their first love. For viewers over the age of 35, the film might feel like a ride into memory lane.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2014
    The indie comedy Adventureland is a satirical coming-of-age film from writer/director Greg Mottola. The story follows a young college student named James Brennan who takes a job at an amusement park during the summer of 1987 in order to pay for his tuition. Featuring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, and Margarita Levieva, the cast is fairly strong and delivers some pretty good performances. The writing however, is a little weak and seems a bit unfocused, unsure of what it's trying to say. On the other hand, the soundtrack is remarkably effective at setting a tone and at providing a feel for the characters and settings. Adventureland has some interesting things to say about postmodern youth culture, but it has trouble bringing everything together in a cohesive manner.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2013
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 01, 2013
    A beautiful little movie about growing up and finding your first true love. I know, aren't there about a kazillion movies about this subject. Yes there are. This one stands a little bit above the crowd.
    Lanning : Super Reviewer

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