Adventureland
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Inspired by writer/director Greg Mottola's own true-life job-from-hell experience, Adventureland stars The Education of Charlie Banks' Jesse Eisenberg as an uptight recent college graduate who discovers that he'll have to get a degrading minimum-wage job at a local amusement park instead of spending his summer drinking German beer, visiting world-class museums, and flirting with cute French girls. It's the summer of 1987, and James Brennan (Eisenberg) has just graduated from college. James is all set to embark on his dream tour of Europe when his parents (Wendie Malick and Jack… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"As a sweet-natured character comedy - and a subtle exercise in generic boundary-pushing - this is a real charmer."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"The youths of Superbad were a little bit younger, a little more likable, their dirty-virgin wit more hilarious [than in Adventureland]."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"It's a film of overwhelming goodwill. You'll like everyone in this movie, and you'll leave the theater thinking they would probably like you too."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Adventureland's young cast is strong, and, when the film works, it captures the languid limbo of post-adolescent confusion and longing."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"[Mottola has] done his job in making the work feel authentic, funny, and like a breeze to sit through."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"The story is semi-autobiographical, but has a gentler touch than his prior work on Superbad, and certainly relies less on slapstick episodes."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Adventureland isn't as clever as Kicking, and not nearly as hilarious as Superbad, but it's still a sweet little memory ache, a Proustian cookie co-flavored with semiotics and Whitesnake."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"The messages -- about silver linings in lousy jobs, the collision of hormones and heartstrings, and the adventure of discovering who you really are and what you really want -- ring honest and true, for any era."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"A coming of age tale based loosely on the experiences of writer/director Greg Mottola, Adventureland is a surprisingly dense teen flick yet its unfortunate forays into religion bashing undermines its overall effect."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Regardless of the well filled-out cast and the fact that it's structured like a comedy, Adventureland just isn't funny. There really aren't jokes and the overlong running time is mostly given to a standard budding romance."
‑ Adam Lippe, Examiner.com
"Audiences expecting another dumb wallow will be startled, and I hope enlivened, by this movie's core of feeling."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Adventureland earns its edge-of-adulthood sweetness and has characters with real hearts under their goofy T-shirts."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Adventureland is ultimately an interesting but flawed mixture of Mottolla's early indie sensibility (The Daytrippers) with some of the more mainstream teen comedy elements of Superbad."
‑ Eric Goldman, IGN Movies
"It's a bit slight and rambling, but also manages to engage us due to the sharply drawn characters"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Content to occupy that middle ground where insights are authentic but far from revelatory and comedy is more amiable than riotous."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
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