I think that “Adventureland” was in theaters in my town for about one week. Or maybe less. I had planned to get out and see it, but time got away from me and it was gone before I knew it.
So I was glad to finally get a chance to check it out; it was released on DVD and Blu-ray Aug. 25, 2009. If you like movies about the 1980s or teens or quirky dramedy type of films, then you should definitely check it out.
It takes place in the 1980s and revolves around a recent college grad named James (Jesse Eisenberg), whose parents’ financial woes leave him stuck at home for the summer instead of roaming around Europe.
So he takes a job at a dilapidated theme park called Adventureland, where he mixes with a motley crew of misfits and free spirits, including Em (Kristen Stewart), who has a complicated past, a dysfunctional family life, and an odd relationship with the park’s fix-it guy Mike (Ryan Reynolds).
Running the park are offbeat owners Paulette and Bobby (scene stealers Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader), who despite their roughshod appearance seem to look out for their employees.
More after the jump, including a trailer…
Greg Mottola directed this coming-of-age movie, and if you like his other movies like “Superbad” and “The Daytrippers,” you’ll probably like “Adventureland.” It’s chock full of 1980s pop culture stuff and boasts an awesome soundtrack that includes music from cult faves Yo La Tengo, Hüsker Dü, the New York Dolls, the Replacements, and Falco (“Rock Me Amadeus”).
- Deleted Scenes – With optional audio commentary by writer and director Greg Mottola
- Audio Commentary – With writer/director Greg Mottola and actor Jesse Eisenberg
- Just My Life: The Making Of Adventureland – Director and writer Greg Mottola sits down to reveal how his real life experiences helped inspire his unique comic vision for Daytrippers, Superbad, Arrested Development and now Adventureland. Cast members Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Bill Hader, and Martin Starr also talk candidly about what shaped them into who they are today, including the worst job they ever had.
- Picture Music Selection