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Adventureland (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on July 8, 2011

30. Adventureland (Not available for viewing on Netflix Instant Watch)

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Here’s the trailer for Adventureland.

Adventureland is a period movie, set in the summer of 1987. We meet James, played by Jesse Eisenberg, who has just graduated from college and found out that due to a change in his parents’ financial status that he will not be spending the summer in Europe before going to grad school at Columbia University in the fall.  He looks for a summer job and ends up with a gig at the local amusement park, Adventureland.  The rest of the movie is again, really well explained by the IMDB description.

A comedy set in the summer of 1987 and centered around a recent High School grad who 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.

James meets new friends and has all sorts of new experiences during his time at Adventureland, and outside of the job, hanging out with said new friends. Most notably is the relationship he develops with Em, played by Kristen Stewart, an NYU student on summer break working at the park to escape her father and stepmother.

Ryan Reynolds is in the movie too. Yum.

It’s a summer movie. I liked it a lot, even though I too have trouble sometimes with Kristen Stewart in movies where her mannerisms are the same all the time and it bothers me a lot.  I saw her in a great film called The Cake Eaters and she didn’t give me the same kind of feeling.  She has great moments in this movie, but after having seen 3 Twilight movies, it doesn’t feel like her acting is that different because of the similarities in mannerisms.  Perhaps Hollywood needs to throw more challenging stuff her way.

I enjoyed Adventureland, enough to have watched it again with the DVD commentary from the writer/director Greg Mottola and Jesse Eisenberg.  I would definitely be interested in getting the DVD, this feels like a movie that could become a comfortable favorite – and I can’t think of another way to explain it.

Adventureland is available on DVD from Amazon for $11.12.

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