Though it's set at a low-rent amusement park, Adventureland is essentially a summer camp movie, a nostalgia-tinged look back at the balmy nights and summer flings you may or may not have had in your youth. Nothing in the movie really justifies its setting in 1987, despite some laughs about Falco's "Rock Me Amadeus" and trendy fashion, but it does help add a retro-cool sheen to what's essentially a very standard coming-of-age dramedy. Coming off Superbad, Mottola is dialing up the sentimentality and realism here, and what he achieves is admirable if a little ho-hum.
The Adventureland reviews are here, and they’re not (coconut) shy to tell you what they think. Looks like we might have a minor classic on our hands.
The ‘Adventureland’ theme park is actually a real place in Long Island, New York, and the movie is based on the director’s own experiences working there as a teenager.
Here’s what the movie critics are saying -
LA Times -
“The thing to know about “Adventureland” is not just that it has goals above its station but that it actually achieves them. With the help of a talented cast and a potent soundtrack, it takes that most overdone of...
riginally, I only watched Adventureland because Kristen starred, and it didn't hurt that Ryan Reynolds was in it too. The trailers are a bit misleading, but it's really just an honest coming-of-age story set in the 80s (if you amor nostalgic music...). I was wary of the fact the director also did Superbad--which I saw in theaters and I ask myself why--and that just wasn't my cup of humor, but Jesse Eisenberg's quirky but cute portrayal of James had me laughing. And Kristen? Well, you can guess my thoughts.
I don't know when my Twilight blog turned into a commentary about Kristen but I just find...