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Adventureland (2009)

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In the summer of 1987, a college graduate takes a 'nowhere' job at his local amusement park, only to find it's the perfect course to get him prepared for the real world.

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Greg Mottola

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Greg Mottola
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Eisenberg ... James Brennan
Kelsey Ledgin ... Arlene (as Kelsey Ford)
Michael Zegen ... Eric
Ryan McFarland Ryan McFarland ... Brad
Jack Gilpin ... Mr. Brennan
Wendie Malick ... Mrs. Brennan
Matt Bush ... Tommy Frigo
Todd Cioppa ... Velvet Touch Manager
Stephen Mast Stephen Mast ... Rich
Kristen Wiig ... Paulette
Bill Hader ... Bobby
Martin Starr ... Joel
Adam Kroloff Adam Kroloff ... Adult Contestant
Kristen Stewart ... Em Lewin
Kevin Breznahan ... Molly Hatchet T-Shirt Guy
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Storyline

In 1987, James Brennan's dreams of a summer European tour before studying at an Ivy League school in New York City are ruined after his parents have a severe career setback. As a result, James must get a summer job to cover his upcoming expenses at the decrepit local amusement park, Adventureland, where he falls in love with a witty co-worker, Emily Lewin. In that bizarrely shady workplace, the young carnies have unforgettable and painful learning experiences about life, love and trust while James discovers what he truly values. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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It was the worst job they ever imagined... and the best time of their lives. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, drug use and sexual references | See all certifications »

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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adventureland - Job d'été à éviter See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,722,039, 5 April 2009

Gross USA:

$16,044,025

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,164,377
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Adventureland was filmed in Pittsburgh, PA. The amusement park in the movie is known as Kennywood Park. The rides shown in the movie are actual rides, although the names of the games have been changed. See more »

Goofs

(at around 77 mins) When James and Frigo are driving to Connell's mother's house, you can see brand new Ford trucks and cars in a car lot. See more »

Quotes

James Brennan: I am amazed at how tiny my paycheck is. I've been working doubles.
Joel: Well, we are doing the work of pathetic, lazy morons.
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Crazy Credits

A commercial for the Adventureland amusement park can be seen during the end credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Conan: The Mummenschantz Conundrum (2010) See more »

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The Caissons
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Eisenberg and Stewart shine!
27 October 2013 | by Bruce722See all my reviews

Adventureland was a lot better film than I anticipated. The summary sounds incredibly boring, which it is. There is really no excitement or anything overly engaging about the film. However, Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, and the rest of the cast make for an interesting story. Their characters are really well developed and how all of them mesh together during a summer of non-fun in the 1980's is intriguing. Eisenberg and Stewart play the same exact roles they do in every single film I've ever seen them in. Eisenberg is a neurotic but witty guy with self-esteem issues and Stewart is a beautiful but troubled young woman with emotional issues. They definitely don't go outside the box for their roles but they have mastered their niche archetypes. All-in-all, this isn't the most entertaining movie around but it has a certain charm to it. The characters feel real, the music takes you back in time to a more pure era, and the story is relatable to just about everyone.


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