Adventureland (2009)

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Adventureland (2009)

2 stars



“1987 exciting career opportunities, on the job training, inspiring leadership,the worst job ever, the best time of his life. Adventureland


From the creators of Superbad comes Adventureland but Superbad it is not!

It’s the summer of 1987 and James (Jesse Eisneberg) is a college freshman whose plans of traveling Europe for the summer are destroyed when his father gets demoted. Staying at home he doesn’t like the fact he is going to have to work for his college accommodation in the fall instead of travel with his friends.

With little job experience he finds himself in adventureland a theme park in his home town.

Here he meets Em (Kirsten Stewart) who is struggling to come to terms with her father having a new partner along with other issues.

In this boy meets girl drama James and Em are quite obviously drawn together. Will the boy get the girl?  Will the girl want the guy? Lets just say the ending is somewhat predictable.

While the movie lacks jokes and has little comedy the acting makes up for that. Kirsten Stewart is without a doubt the star of the movie drawing the viewer into her emotions she is far from being Bella (her other current role in Twilight). She too has to face personal struggles. Will she sit back and be used and stay in the theme park forever or will she stand up for herself and move on with her life.

Other cast members include Math Bush (Halloween II) as Frigo and Michael Zegen (The girl next door) as Eric.

One of the highlights of this movie is the soundtrack which is compiled of hits from the 80’s. Songs by Bowie, Lou Reed and The Cure bring you back and make this movie more realistic to the time.