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Title: Adventureland (2009)
Post by: The Firecracker on April 06, 2009, 03:02:43 PM
Snuck into this after sitting through a horrible movie (won't say which one as it would be embarassing) and found this to be nearly as bad.

Perhaps I wasn't in the right mood. The trailers promised a raunchy comedy/coming of age story (Superbad like) with young adults working at an amuesment park. What I got was a slow moving drama with little laughs and little interest.

Kristen Stewart is a very good looking girl but she was one of the main reasons I walked out. No charisma. Soulless.
Her "I'm so disinterested and bored with everything around me" schtick gets on the nerves quickly.

4/10


Title: Re: Adventureland (2009)
Post by: Kurug3n on April 06, 2009, 07:39:25 PM
so did you watch the whole thing or you walked out?


Title: Re: Adventureland (2009)
Post by: dave jenkins on April 07, 2009, 05:59:58 AM
Snuck into this after sitting through a horrible movie (won't say which one as it would be embarassing)
Monsters vs. Aliens? Ha, gotcha!


Title: Re: Adventureland (2009)
Post by: The Firecracker on April 07, 2009, 09:29:44 AM
Monsters vs. Aliens? Ha, gotcha!


No, worse than that.


Title: Re: Adventureland (2009)
Post by: The Firecracker on April 07, 2009, 09:33:45 AM
so did you watch the whole thing or you walked out?


I walked out after an hour or so.

Sorry I didn't make that clear.


Title: Re: Adventureland (2009)
Post by: Groggy on April 07, 2009, 07:26:20 PM
Lots of IMDBers love this movie. And it was filmed in and around Pittsburgh. Might give it a shot.


Title: Re: Adventureland (2009)
Post by: The Firecracker on April 07, 2009, 07:30:21 PM
Lots of IMDBers love this movie. And it was filmed in and around Pittsburgh. Might give it a shot.


Perhaps I'd like it better had I known what I was in for. I would never love it though. Too "same ol', same ol and done better in same ol' movie".


Kennywood looks really run down. Ever been there?


Title: Re: Adventureland (2009)
Post by: Groggy on April 07, 2009, 07:32:50 PM
Strangely I haven't. :( Was going to last summer but my mom wasn't able to get tickets... Don't remember the circumstances exactly but we've been penny-pinching of late, so that might be it.

As a vaguely related topic, several scenes of Silence of the Lambs were filmed right across the street from my dorm.


Title: Re: Adventureland (2009)
Post by: The Firecracker on April 07, 2009, 07:34:26 PM
Strangely I haven't. :( Was going to last summer but my mom wasn't able to get tickets... Don't remember the circumstances exactly but we've been penny-pinching of late, so that might be it.

Probably for the best. I can't imagine somebody your age being too impressed with carnival rides.


Title: Re: Adventureland (2009)
Post by: Groggy on April 07, 2009, 07:35:18 PM
I've never been too big on amusement parks, to be honest. Except for water slides.


Title: Re: Adventureland (2009)
Post by: The Firecracker on April 07, 2009, 07:36:22 PM
I've never been too big on amusement parks, to be honest. Except for water slides.

I like water slides well enough but I often stay away from them.
Hate walking around with wet undies.


Title: Re: Adventureland (2009)
Post by: Groggy on April 07, 2009, 07:40:07 PM
I remember my last trip to Hershey Park in 2004 or so... log flume ride, shoes and socks completely soaked, no way to change them, had to walk around like that for five hours or so. You can imagine how my feet looked after that. :o


Title: Re: Adventureland (2009)
Post by: The Firecracker on April 07, 2009, 07:43:00 PM
I remember my last trip to Hershey Park

Went there in the late 90's.

Don't recall too much of it but I liked their wooden coaster (WILD CAT I think) and that whip ride next to it.


Title: Re: Adventureland (2009)
Post by: moviesceleton on April 08, 2009, 01:09:50 AM
I went to Valleyfair amusement park last summer. Great place; awesome rides and hot chicks in bikinis 8)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lVBXbJ849g
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zoqcdAxfys


Title: Re: Adventureland (2009)
Post by: T.H. on April 08, 2009, 03:58:52 PM
I don't see how you can hate this movie, FC. it's too harmless and charming.


Title: Re: Adventureland (2009)
Post by: The Firecracker on April 09, 2009, 04:09:41 PM
I don't see how you can hate this movie, FC. it's too harmless and charming.


Have you seen it? Not certain if I hate it, I disliked it a great deal.


Title: Re: Adventureland (2009)
Post by: T.H. on April 09, 2009, 04:39:40 PM
I saw it and enjoyed it quite a bit. some hits and misses




*****************SPOILAS******************







hits:
the soundtrack (the replacements, velvets, husker du, yo la tengo)
thought it moved at a nice pace, very entertaining
that snl guy (cop from superbad) was pretty funny
I thought that the characters had depth (dsicounting Lisa P. - will get to that later). most lollywood movies would have made ryan reynold's character a 1D meathead.

misses:
kristen stewart has a nice screen presence but she doesn't have that much range. I'm not sure if I like her or not
the Lisa P. character should have been more developed
we don't see enough of the theme park - there could have been sequences featuring the all the little quirks of the place. I think there's an odd charm to the corporate monstrocities.
the lead and stewart's fall for eachother too soon
even with the nice pace, the end drags a bit and the car accident scene is pretty lame - should have been left out
the ending - he shouldn't have ended up with the girl - lessons need to be learned, this is a coming of age movie afterall

verdict: much better than Juno, which I sadly admit that I enjoyed. I'm not saying this is as good as Dazed and Confused but it's certainly worth seeing.


Title: Re: Adventureland (2009)
Post by: Groggy on April 11, 2009, 08:45:22 PM
My attempt at a review...

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Is it possible that I've finally found a teen film that's not only entertaining but also relatable, believable and lacking the usual cliches and cartoonish excess of films of its type? Why yes! I just got back from seeing Greg Mottola's Adventureland. For obvious reasons, I had middling-to-low expectations of this film going in, but the movie certainly surprised me with its degree of intelligence, poignance and believability. Not only that, but it's lots of fun too.

Nerdy college student James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg) sees his post-graduation plans foiled when his dad (James Gilpin) is demoted at work. Hard up for money and without a plan, James takes a job as a gaming assistant at Adventureland, a Pittsburgh amusement park, and finds it to be not exactly an ideal job, what with the malfunctioning equipment, long hours, and irate customers. However, the job soon turns out to be not completely bad; he makes a new group of friends, most notably Em (Kristen Stewart), the arcade girl, and Mike Connel (Ryan Reynolds), an amateur musician/mantinence man. James falls in love with Em, unaware that she and Mike are having an affair.

Misleadingly marketed as yet another Apatow-produced stoner/sex/gross-out comedy, Adventureland is in fact a poignant coming-of-age tale. True, there are the required crotch shots, and more than a fair share of doping and drinking, but they're mostly incidental to the story. The movie is driven by characters, by young people making stupid mistakes they immediately regret. The writing is very smart and poignant, creating a cast of believable characters living a very believable story. One can certainly relate to the anguish of a summer job, financial difficulties of a college student and the inherent ennui and listlessness, the difficult fumblings of a first relationship (oh, God, yes), the difficulties of home life (particularly for Em and her obnoxious stepmom (Mary Birdsong)), and most of all, the alternating moments of fun and anguish along the way.

The cast is great. Jesse Eisenberg as James is a great protagonist; he's believable as an awkward, dorky young adult slowly coming of age. Kristen Stewart is lovely and gives a wonderfully warm and layered performance; certainly now we can forgive her for Twilight. The two have great chemistry and feel very much like a couple of real teens, two flawed and damaged individuals trying to find themselves in the adult world. The supporting cast is equally fine. Ryan Reynolds plays Connell very low-key; he could easily be a jerk or a heel but he's portrayed as sympathetically as our two leads. Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig are hilarious as the park's managers. Also fine are Margarita Levieva as the temptress Lisa P, Martin Starr as the intellectual stoner Joel, and Wendie Malick and Jack Gilpin as James' parents.

Adventureland is a really warm, pleasant feel-good movie. It's a shame that it's doing such lousy box office, because it's certainly a great deal better than most of its like film. I can't remember ever being so satisified by a "teen film" (if that term even applies here), and it certainly provided a fine capper on a rather rough week.

Rating: 8/10 - Highly Recommended

http://nothingiswrittenfilm.blogspot.com/2009/04/adventureland.html (http://nothingiswrittenfilm.blogspot.com/2009/04/adventureland.html)


Title: Re: Adventureland (2009)
Post by: T.H. on April 12, 2009, 06:42:01 AM
great review, groggs.

8 cool points for ennui.