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Adventureland

2009 Comedy

Inspired by writer/director Greg Mottola's own true-life job-from-hell experience, Adventureland stars The Education of Charlie Banks' Jesse Eisenberg as an uptight recent college graduate who discovers that he'll have to get a degrading minimum-wage job at a local amusement park instead of spending his summer drinking German beer, visiting world-class museums, and flirting with cute French girls. It's the summer of 1987, and James Brennan (Eisenberg) has just graduated from college. James is all set to embark on his dream tour of Europe when his parents (Wendie Malick and Jack Gilpin) suddenly announce that they won't be able to subsidize the trip. Now the only things James has to look forward to this summer are sugar-fueled children, belligerent dads, and an endless parade of giant stuffed animals. When James strikes up a relationship with captivating co-worker Em (Kristen Stewart), however, he finally starts to loosen up. Suddenly, the worst summer ever doesn't seem quite so bad. more..

Director: Greg Mottola

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Martin Starr, Bill Hader, Ryan Reynolds

Reviews

  • For nostalgia junkies, it's one from the heart.

    Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly

    29 November 2012

  • Thanks to an exceptionally deft touch, Mottola manages to capture the absurdity and anguish of young adulthood, while never sacrificing meaning on the altar of crude humor.

    Ann Hornaday - The Washington Post

    29 November 2012

  • Somehow the story of a young man's coming of age never gets old, at least when it is told with the kind of sweetness and intelligence Adventureland displays.

    A.O. Scott - The New York Times

    29 November 2012

  • Greg Mottola has taken that most overdone of contemporary genres, the coming-of-age story, and made it engaging, bittersweet and even fun.

    Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times

    29 November 2012

  • What surprised me was how much I admired Kristen Stewart, who in "Twilight," was playing below her grade level. Here is an actress ready to do important things. Together, and with the others, they make Adventureland more real and more touching than it may sound.

    Roger Ebert - The Chicago Sun-Times

    29 November 2012

Awards

  • Jesse Eisenberg

    Gotham Awards (2009)

     
  • Best Screenplay

    Independent Spirit Awards (2010)

     
  • Choice Movie: Breakout Male

    Teen Choice Awards (2010)