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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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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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Long hours. Low pay. High times. 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 is also an Adventureland amusement park in Altoona, Iowa. See more »

Goofs

When Bobby is calling the race at the horse game, all of the horses are still at the start and none of them are moving. See more »

Quotes

Rich: I saw Em and Connell in his car.
Tommy Frigo: What were they doing in the car, Rich?
Rich: They were doing push-ups in his car. They didn't have any pants on.
Tommy Frigo: No pants. Naked push ups, retard, for fucking! James, they were fucking!
James Brennan: Frigo, Frigo shut up. When did you see this, Rich?
Rich: Like, a while ago. A while ago.
Tommy Frigo: It was just a couple weeks ago. Right, Rich?
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Conan: The Mummenschantz Conundrum (2010) See more »

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Point of No Return
Written by Lewis A. Martiné (as Lewis A. Martinee)
Performed by Exposé
Courtesy of Arista Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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I Love the '80s
5 April 2009 | by (United States) – See 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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