Adventureland

Long hours. Low pay. High times.
Long hours. Low pay. High times.
ADVENTURELAND (12)
D: Greg Mottola
Miramax (Sidney Kimmel, Anne Carey & Ted Hope)
USA 🇺🇸 2009
107 mins
 
Comedy/Drama
 
W: Greg Mottola
DP: Terry Stacey
Ed: Anne McCabe
Mus: Yola Tengo
 
Jesse Eisenberg (James Brennan)  Kristen Stewart (Emily Lewin), Ryan Reynolds (Mike Connell), Martin Starr (Joel), Bill Hader (Bobby), Kristen Wiig (Paulette)

A surprisingly decent watch, set in the summer of 1987 and following a group of teenagers who take up seasonal jobs at an amusement park.
The works incredibly well as a nostalgic throwback to John Hughes-style teen flicks of the 1980's, with a soundtrack choc-a-block with personal favourites.
It's a shame that Kristen Stewart is the female lead, she often struggles to act well enough to walk across a room convincingly, although to her credit, she's less irritating in this than in the majority of the other films in which she's appeared. The rest of the cast are fine, most doing their usual schtick for a script which doesn't require much else. Certainly worth a watch if you grew up during the 80's and need a little nostalgia hit.
6/10

Kristen Stewart & Jesse Eisenberg in Adventureland
Kristen Stewart & Jesse Eisenberg in Adventureland
Did You Know:
Director Greg Mottola originally planned to shoot the movie in the real Adventureland park (based in Iowa), but later decided against it since the park had changed so drastically since he had worked there.

Award Wins & Nominations:


MILSTEAD MOVIE AWARDS:

Wins: none

Nominations: 1 (Best Screenplay - Original)


OSCARS:

Wins: none

Nominations: none


BAFTAS

Wins: none

Nominations: none


OTHER WINS:

New York Online Film Critics (Top 10 Films of the Year)