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Adventureland [Blu-ray]

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  • Capturing all at once the wistful emotions of early adulthood, the chaotic freedom of youth, and that uniquely wonderful boredom of summer, Greg Mottolas coming-of-age comedy, ADVENTURELAND, splits the difference between his commercial breakthrough, SUPERBAD, and his underrated debut, THE DAYTRIPPERS. ADVENTURELAND follows recent college grad James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg) as he slogs his way through summer as a games attendant at a local amusement park, where he learns about the shady goings-on of the carnys world and is introduced to an assortment of weirdos, stoners, goons, and other lost souls. Among that last group is the angsty Em (Kristen Stewart), who captures Jamess heart despite her involvement with the park bad-boy, a rocker-turned-maintenance-man (Ryan Reynolds) who seduces women with a dubious story about jamming with Lou Reed.

    Though the movie has its share of vomit scenes and erection jokes, Mottola is surprisingly restrained in his use of gross-out humor (particularly given SUPERBADs near Shakespearean vulgarity), with much of the films more blatant hilarity coming courtesy of Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig as the parks completely unhinged yet utterly in love managers. At its core, ADVENTURELAND is really nothing more than a coming-of-age story set in a colorful locale--the monotonous siren call to "Step right up!" compels after-work beer blasts, random make-out sessions, and drunken existential yearning. Yet what in any other film would be played for cheap laughs and easy smiles is here used to conjure the ineffable mystery of a summer romance. Through a mixture of pleasing performances, a nuanced script, and a brilliant soundtrack (featuring the Replacements, Husker Du, David Bowie, and, of course, Lou Reed), Mottola has created a bittersweet delight that will stay with the viewer long after the midway goes dark.
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  • Credits
    Bill Hader, Ryan Reynolds, Jesse Eisenberg, Margarita Levieva, Martin Starr, Kristen Stewart, Kristen Wiig, Sue O'Malley, Wendie Malick, Jack Gilpin
  • Critic Reviews
    3 stars out of 4 -- "Director Greg Mottola, who made the rather wonderful SUPERBAD, is back now with a sweeter story, more quietly funny....[The actors] make ADVENTURELAND more real and more touching than it may sound."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "ADVENTURELAND re-creates its era superbly....Eisenberg is excellent....He is a carnival of complex emotions."
    USA Today

    "[T]he story of a young man's coming of age never gets old, at least when it is told with the kind of sweetness and intelligence ADVENTURELAND displays."
    New York Times

    "[With] a talented cast led by Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart and a potent soundtrack....Engaging, bittersweet and even fun....ADVENTURELAND's recognizable satisfactions feel well earned."
    Los Angeles Times

    "Mottola, the director of SUPERBAD, works with rare feeling and flow. He shows every bit as loving and pinpoint-perfect an observational eye for the late '80s as George Lucas did for the end of the greaser era in AMERICAN GRAFFITI." -- Grade: A-
    Entertainment Weekly

    3 stars out of 5 -- "Poignant, funny and touching....As a snapshot of a particular place, time and sensibility, ADVENTURELAND almost cannot help but succeed -- from the pitch-perfect '80s soundtrack to such gleefully entertaining supporting characters as Margerita Levieva's Lisa P..."
    Box Office

    "Thanks to an exceptionally deft touch, Mottola manages to capture the absurdity and anguish of young adulthood, while never sacrificing meaning on the altar of crude humor."
    Washington Post

    "With a keen affection for his formative years, filmmaker Greg Mottola has crafted a funny and spunky amusement....Eisenberg is perfect as an intelligent and naive grad....Kristen Stewart is similarly sympathetic..."
    Hollywood Reporter

    "[ADVENTURELAND] sets the goofiness of extended adolescence against the sadness of being adrift in the adult world. There's no shortage of felicitous lines or interesting performances..."
    Wall Street Journal

    Stewart proves that her new starpower is grounded in actual acting ability.
    Movieline

    "The writer-director blends sassy and sad in the style of his 1996 debut, THE DAYTRIPPERS....Eisenberg and Stewart bring delicate emotion to their roles..."
    Rolling Stone

    "Jesse Eisenberg anchors the film nicely...but FREAKS AND GEEKS' Martin Starr steals the show as his hilariously sardonic booth-mate..."
    A.V. Club

    4 stars out of 5 -- Mottolas period piece is smartly observed, witty and well-acted, with recognisable characters we actually care about.
    Total Film

    Included in Entertainment Weekly's "The Best Films Of The Year" -- "Eisenberg proves a true star..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    4 stars out of 5 -- "A wry, soulful teen romance with contemporary comedy elements intact....The surface humour is great..."
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