1 hour, 47 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
DVD Features: Deleted scenes; Just My Life: The making of Adventureland; Feature commentary - with writer/director Greg Mottola and actor Jesse Eisenberg; Picture music selection
James Brennan - Jesse Eisenberg
Em Lewin - Kristen Stewart
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
Based on the experiences he had working at a Long Island amusement,
wrier/director Greg Mottola ("Superbad") has made an unexpectedly sweet charmer about a James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg "The Squid and
the Whale"), an uptight, recent college graduate, who's forced to get a summer job before starting grad school, after he's forced to cancel his planned European trip when his alcoholic father (Jack Gilpin "The Notorious Bettie Page") gets demoted at his job.
James has somehow graduated from college
still a virgin, but when he gets a job working at Adventureland, what pleases his cohorts is that he always has some weed. This makes the
days go by faster, and also improves the nighttime hours, which the gawky James finds himself spending with the alluring but extremely
screwed up Em (Kristen Stewart "Twilight"), who also works at the park, as a way of
getting away from her father and unbearable new stepmother.
James doesn't know is that Em is having an affair with older
local musician and handyman Mike Connell (Ryan Reynolds "Van Wilder"), to whom James
sometimes confesses his amorous feelings for Em. Adding further to the
equation is Lisa P. (Margarita Levieva "The Invisible"), a flirty little virgin-for-life who nonetheless encourages James' attentions. Bill Hader ("Napoleon Dynamite") and Kristen Wiig (TV's "SNL"} are also amusing in supporting roles as the goofball
but dedicated park owners.
Adventureland is a finely etched character comedy, funny without working at being outrageous,
and bittersweet without being overly syrupy, and it's also smart enough that it is bound to
touch any audience.