Adventureland

Adventureland

Greg Mottola (2009)

102min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
It's the summer of 1987, and college graduate James (Jesse Eisenberg) is stuck in a dead-end job in an amusement park while his buddies go on vacation in Europe. He's pretty sure life is passing him by until the chance of romance arrives in the shape of co-worker Em (Kristen Stewart), who's having an on/off fling with the odd-job man (Ryan Reynolds). Despite being written and directed by Superbad's Greg Mottola, this coming-of-age summer comedy avoids teen gross-out antics in favour of something more heartfelt. Mottola himself worked in an amusement park while attending Columbia University, and the perfectly recalled 1980s setting and wistful tone have the feel of personal memories of being young and naive. Eisenberg is suitably vulnerable, a kind of gangly everyman for the nerds, while Stewart's smart yet melancholy heroine captures the silent suffering of adolescence brilliantly. It's a movie that radiates a warm, nostalgic glow, even with 80s hit Rock Me Amadeus on the soundtrack - and that's quite an achievement.

Summary

A college graduate in the 1980s looking forward to a European holiday is devastated when a financial crisis wrecks his plans, leaving him with little option but to take a minimum-wage job at a ramshackle amusement park. However, things start to look up when he falls for a co-worker. Teen comedy, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Ryan Reynolds.

Cast & Crew

James Brennan Jesse Eisenberg
Em Lewin Kristen Stewart
Mike Connell Ryan Reynolds
Joel Schiffman Martin Starr
Paulette Kristen Wiig
Bobby Bill Hader
Lisa P Margarita Levieva
Mr Brennan Jack Gilpin
Mr Lewin Josh Pais
Mrs Brennan Wendie Malick
Francy Mary Birdsong
Director Greg Mottola
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains swearing and drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 Sep 2009
Comedy