In 1987, a recent college grad (Jesse Eisenberg) from a privileged background finds himself forced to take a dead-end summer job at an amusement park, which turns out to be an ideal entrance into the real world.
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This is a really great story of becoming an adult in a world that doesn't give a fuck and learning to fit in with the misfits like you. Also the chemistry between Eisenberg and Stewart is extraordinary.
Don't be fooled by the Sundance thing. This is Hollywood pablum through and through with a happy ending tacked on to raise the puke factor. It plays our songs to induce nostalgia. Kristen Stewart does her bored thing and looks pitiful when she has to work with people who know how to act.
Pretty damn good film. Not a comedy at all, which wasn't expected although when it was funny, it was very funny. I absolutely love Jessie Eisenberg in this and Hader and Wiig were fucking hilarious (as much as I tried to, I couldn't enjoy Stewart's acting, but at times it was bearable). Soundtrack was pretty cool. I really enjoyed this film. Sad, but sweet and tender. Highly recommended.
The first time I watched it, I loved it but missed so much. The second time, all clicked and I fell in love. Now, I break it out when I need a reminder that Hollywood can still put out genuine, insightful pictures, even under the guise of virgin comedy. Also, and this is shallow, the soundtrack could beat up your dad.
The biggest surprise of the year. Greg Mottolas third feature is an incredibly warm, wonderfully acted, übersweet/bittersweet, sad, funny, well written teenager-film. Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart are brilliant and makes "Adventureland" one of the best romantic comedies of the past years. 5 fucking stars (I still don't believe it!)
A far cry from the raunchy comedy it was advertised to be, writer-director Greg Mottola's nostalgia peace is a serviceable coming of age story. The cast is decent, there's a strong sense of period authenticity, and a handful of memorable moments. But it's overlong and predictable, amiable, but not really unique or authentic enough to really be memorable.
Despite Kristen Stewart reprising her acting from Twilight (every single tic and mannerism made it intact) this was a delight. Jesse Eisenberg is perfectly cast and the film uses his talents to great effect.
That and I will watch anything with Kristen Wiig.