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Adventureland [Blu-ray]

Jesse Eisenberg , Kelsey Ford , Greg Mottola    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jesse Eisenberg, Kelsey Ford, Michael Zegen, Ryan McFarland, Jack Gilpin
  • Directors: Greg Mottola
  • Producers: Anne Carey, Ted Hope, Sidney Kimmel
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Feb 2010
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002SVP9GE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,488 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A sweet and slap-happy mix of indie coming-of-age drama and Judd Apatow’s scatological but heartfelt manchild comedies, Greg Mottola’s Adventureland is a winning look at the pleasures and frustrations of dead-end jobs and teenage kicks as viewed through a filter of mid-‘80s pop culture. The underutilized and always watchable Jesse Eisenberg (The Squid and the Whale) is a sheltered, introspective New York college grad who discovers that his parents' financial woes will not only quash his dream of a summer in Europe (to enjoy its more "sexually permissive" nations) but require a move to Pittsburgh, where he lands a job at a dilapidated amusement park. There, he’s thrown in with a motley crew of eccentrics, small-town types and a few genuine free spirits, most notably co-worker Em (Kristen Stewart), whose complicated past proves irresistible to his repressed psyche. Mottola, who directed Superbad, and once worked in a similar park as a teen, doesn’t shy from the crude laughs that make Apatow’s features so popular, but he tempers it with a wistful tone and layered characters that hew closer to his earliest work, The Daytrippers. Though ill-matched at first, Eisenberg and Stewart make a likable on-screen couple, and they’re well-supported by a terrific cast that includes such die-hard scene-stealers as Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig as the park’s offbeat owners, Martin Starr as a Russian lit aficionado, and Ryan Reynolds as a former town tamer, now reduced to working as the park’s handyman. A soundtrack performed by underground faves Yo La Tengo and filled with a smart mix of hip cuts (Hüsker Dü, the New York Dolls, the Replacements) and period faves (Falco’s "Rock Me Amadeus") underscores the film’s blend of tentative emotions and broad laughs. -- Paul Gaita

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Teen comedy set in the 1980s, starring Jesse Eisenberg as uptight, over-educated, recent college graduate James Brennan, who is forced to take a minimum wage job at a run-down local amusement park after his father gets a pay cut and can no longer subsidise the backtracking trip to Europe James was counting on. As he struggles to deal with puking kids, angst-filled co-workers and a head-spinning romantic triangle, James gradually comes to realise that his summer job has been the perfect way to prepare for the trials and tribulations of adulthood.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mottola strikes one from the heart. 25 Jun 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
It's 1987 and James Brennan is home for the summer after earning himself a degree in Renaissance Studies. Which unsurprisingly isn't any use to him when trying to gain employment in this part of Pittsburg. Which is now a problem since his planned trip to Europe has fell by the wayside due to his father's enforced unemployment. So thus he finds himself working at Adventureland, a rusting time warp amusement park where only odd balls and idiots appear to frequent. But here James will make friends, learn life lessons and maybe just find true love?

Be under no illusions, Adventureland is no teen sex comedy reliant on crude jokes and cringe slap-stick moments to get its humour. Which as it's brought to us by the director of Superbad may come as something of a surprise. Greg Mottola is the said director, who here has crafted an ode to his own teenage strife's concerning first jobs and first loves. Tho not really offering anything new as such, I mean the old "summer I came of age" film is hardly new is it? Mottola has however managed to blend youthful spirits with a serious kink and nicely cloak it in a bittersweet 80s haze.

Tho some parts are clearly aimed at the guffaw teen viewers, awkward erections and friends who punch you in the testicles-tee hee hee, Adventureland feels, and is, a subtle film made by someone who clearly lived it. The care and thought that Mottola has put into it benefits the cast as much as it does the viewers. Jesse Eisenberg {James} is a splendid bit of casting, almost poetically slow, he nicely plays it to have the upcoming tribulations totally believable. Enter Kristen Stewart as Em, pretty and smartly essaying a girl, soon to be woman, trying to make sense in her off kilter world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It's Ronald Reagan's 1987 and curly-haired college dweeb James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg) is dumped by his girlfriend Arlene in Scene 1. Then his promised European Road Trip is kyboshed in Scene 2 by his downsizing parents who can't afford new drapes let alone a graduation present. Then things get really nasty for our sensitive Renaissance student when he's sentenced to work at the notorious cesspool that is the "Adventureland" Amusement Park in Pittsburgh (title above).

But during a brutally honest induction course from the bug-eyed Joel (great work from Martin Starr) James notices something well worth the pain of puking children and a childhood pest called Frigo who can't seem to resist jokily kicking him in the privates at every opportunity. The eye-opener James clocks is the seemingly ordinary yet ethereally beautiful Em (Kristen Stewart) who is all Lou Reed and David Bowie teeshirts and smoky eyes and magical long hair. The kind of girl you want to make mix tapes for and even consider joining a gym. From the moment he meets the svelte Em poor James is a goner - hopelessly falling for the emotionally conflicted young woman no matter what extra-curricular crap she pulls on him.

Em's biological mom has passed two years prior via a long and horrible battle with cancer and she's left living with a Stepmom she despises (and vice versa) and a father who seems unable to fathom his daughter. Em is therefore feckless in her relationships and reluctant to commit to anything other than drinking and toking and hanging out after work - sappily accepting the occasional rumble in the kitchen with Mike the Rock 'n' Roll star of the Park (a cool and suave Ryan Reynolds).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventureland dvd 15 Feb 2010
I saw this movie recently and thought it was a breath of fresh air compared to all the fluffy one-dimensional rom-coms out there. The characters are like-able and from the get-go i was interested in their story. I found it to be an intelligent, quirky, dialogue based slice of life movie with a cracking soundtrack to boot. If you like something a bit different thats character driven with whitty dialogue then give it go, you never know, you might like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of those true "movie romance" romances. 29 April 2013
By Alan
Firstly, I liked the film and it's worthy of a watch. I didn't purchase the movie, I watched it on a Ne***x

This film is what I call a "movie romance" film. What I mean by this is that the story and ending is something that look awesome and feels right in movies, but would end terribly in real life. But it's nice to see it in film to escape the boring normality of normal relationships.

It's worth a watch, not a purchase. For me, this isn't a movie I would watch more than once.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
We watched this on a Sunday evening and found the film sweet and enjoyable but on the slow side; it could have done with a heavier hand during the editing process. Having said that, there were several laugh-out-loud moments to help you along.

The film is set in the late 80s and has a pretty good soundtrack, including one track by Crowded House I had (to my shame) forgotten all about; 'Don't Dream it's Over'. It re-awakened my memory of that track, as well as a lot of others, and was worth watching on that basis alone, although I now have a pretty high bill for music downloads this week; oops!!!

The plot is fairly basic; teenagers working at a very run down amusement park to earn money over the summer and what they get up to. I found it a little hard to believe that the lead actor was as popular as he was portrayed simply because he had a (fairly small) bag of drugs; leaving that to one side it was okay and worth watching if you like the music of the late 80s. Just be prepared for a large download fee after you have watched!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Alex
3.0 out of 5 stars The (late, late) Breakfast Club
Jessie Eisenberg was excellent in Ruben Fleischer’s Zombieland, and in Richard Ayoade’s sublime adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s The Double. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth
4.0 out of 5 stars one for the off beat movie crowd
I liked it but I think I would have given 3.5 if I could have. Another one worth watching for the people who like these gentle off beat movies if you can get it at a cheap enough... Read more
Published 3 months ago by tiredoldgit
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I bought this after watching Zombieland and thinking it was going to be a similar film as it even featured Jesse Eisenberg but I was really mistaken, this wasn't the laugh a minute... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dezza
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my fav films
One of my fav films, great soundtrack. It got advertised as a comedy which was the problem, it has got funny moments but is a story a lot of people can relate too, where summers... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Guy thatcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome film!
Love this film, really takes me back in time, I feel like im there when I watch it. Really speaks to me that it was a great time to be around.
Published 12 months ago by Hannah Southworth
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film
This film is an actual missed gem. Telling a kind of nerdy-romance in a terrible theme park across a summer in America, it isn't always what you expect and is a joy to watch. Read more
Published 15 months ago by S. Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice little film
I like this film, but it will probably not appeal to everyone as the story is a little Americanised, it's a good story about relationships though and quite well acted. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Keith Phillips
3.0 out of 5 stars Kitchy, cute and coming-of-age fun
Jesse's poetic face is memory magic for a nostalgic ride but Hader and on-screen wife have the last laugh. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Rita J Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventureland
I only bought this DVD as it had Kristen stewart in it, however i wasn't dissapointed at all. This film is great, such a good dvd to watch on a night in with the friends, would... Read more
Published 18 months ago by jodie
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