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Adventureland [Blu-ray]

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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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002SVP9GE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,804 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

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.


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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3.7 out of 5 stars

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD
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 By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Feb. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
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 By Mrs. E. L. Egan on 15 Feb. 2010
Format: DVD
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 By E. Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 April 2010
Format: Blu-ray
I knew nothing about this, so had no preconceptions. It turned out to be a mildly amusing tale of teenage relationships set around a down-market amusement park.

I'd never seen any of the actors before, although one bit-part looked familiar and she (Kristin Wiig) turned to be a very successful commedienne in the US. I'd say they all did a good job, as I was able to concentrate on the characters rather than the actors playing the part. The female lead was encouragingly ordinary-looking and even the glamour girl was a bit deeper than I expected.

You won't roll about laughing, but I enjoyed it more than a few of the allegedly outright comedies I've seen lately such as Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and Knocked Up.

As for the blu-ray quality - nothing special, I'm afraid, but it's not that type of film.
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I just watched this movie via Sky box office, but fully plan on buying it on dvd!

This is not your typical laugh-a-minute movie, and those of you hoping for that kind of comedy, following on from Superbad, will be disappointed. What this is, is a look at teenage life in the 80s. Leaving school, getting a lame summer job and meeting people you could have a long lasting friendship with.

Adventureland is so laid back, pleasant to watch and has a great, very likeable cast. Everyone could relate to any one of the characters. There is nothing in this movie that isnt true to's wonderfully directed and the screenplay is entirely believable. For those of you who grew up in the 80s, either as a child or teenager, this will transport you back to those trips to fairgrounds, hanging out, having fun and listening to great music (the soundtrack is amazing). It also brings with it, a very typical 80s movie feel. Like Some Kind Of Wonderful, or The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink etc. Had this movie actually been made in the 80s, it would fit in like a glove. This is a definite for anyone who loves a heartwarming tale to put a smile on their face.

Once I purchase this movie, it will take pride of place among my favourite dvds. 5 stars from me.
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