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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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Kelsey Ford ...
Arlene
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Ryan McFarland ...
Brad
Jack Gilpin ...
Mr. Brennan
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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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:

CAD 597,847 (Canada) (5 April 2009)

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$16,025,394 (USA) (24 May 2009)
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Trivia

There are several easter eggs on the film's Blu-Ray release including an unseen clip from Ryan Reynolds and a clip of Kristen Stewart creating an elaborate plan to sneak into the Razzmatazz dance club. See more »

Goofs

In the bus montage arriving in New York City, the modern (8th Ave.) New York Times building is seen from a vantage point of 12th Ave. The film takes place in 1987; the New York Times Building was built 2003-2007. See more »

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Sue O'Malley: [drunk, helped to her feet by Joel] You're so strong-ish.
Joel: I'll take that.
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Crazy Credits

A commercial for the Adventureland amusement park can be seen during the end credits. See more »

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References Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968) See more »

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Let the Music Play
Written by Chris Barbosa, Ed Chisolm
Performed by Shannon
Courtesy of Mirage Music
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clever, witty, and absolutely enjoyable
2 April 2009 | by (jessa_almeida on twitter) – See all my reviews

So I saw "Adventureland" at an advanced screening and I found it to be quite entertaining and funny with a certain "real & genuine" vibe. It takes place in the mid-80's and involves a college grad played by fairly newcomer, Jesse Eisenberg who takes a job at a local amusement park to save money in hope to go to New York. Though the job maybe dreary; he finds himself having the best time of his life. I personally loved how director, "Greg Mottola" incorporated a few clever sequences one involving "weed cookies" which just made it diverse to other teen comedies. The music was typical 80's which also made the movie that much more fun! I particularly loved "Lou Reed." All in all the story and characters were enjoyable to watch and you can truly find yourself relating to them. It may not compare to movies such as "Superbad" comedy wise because it is much more of a semi "dark humor" type reminiscent to "Juno." Genuinely speaking, I personally really enjoyed this movie and would actually see it again with friends at the theater for a good time, which I can't say I would for the majority of other teen comedies out there.


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