A college grad (Jesse Eisenberg) takes a lowly job at an amusement park after his parents refuse to fund his long-anticipated trip to Europe.
" [Director Mottola] coaxes a set of uniformly credible performances from his ensemble cast, and makes effective use of a soundtrack that's as eclectic as the characters. "
" Adventureland earns its edge-of-adulthood sweetness and has characters with real hearts under their goofy T-shirts. "
" Adventureland is what you might call stealth comedy. The laughs are few but they sneak up on you and really deliver. "
" 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. "
" Adventureland, Greg Mottola's tale of coming of age in Pittsburgh in 1987, has the note-perfect melancholy of a classic young adult novel. "
" As a sweet-natured character comedy - and a subtle exercise in generic boundary-pushing - this is a real charmer. "
" Audiences expecting another dumb wallow will be startled, and I hope enlivened, by this movie's core of feeling. "
" Characters like James and Stewart's Em feel out of place for their own reasons, and consequently provide just enough perspective for us to remember the absurdity of the culture around them, but never with disdain. "
" It proves Mottola has a sweet sensibility for intimate grins, as well as broad yuks. "
" Like its models, this is funny, smart, and complacent. "
" Mottola's made a movie that will work like a voodoo charm on a small-but-dedicated audience: onetime slackers who'll not only dig the soundtrack but, probably, be sure to get it on vinyl. "
" One of Mottola's best jokes involves Falco's "Rock Me Amadeus".... [I]t's hard to imagine a better use of nostalgia: to remind us of the many things we miss from a particular time, and the one reason we would never, ever want to go back. "
" Thanks to an exceptionally deft touch, Mottola manages to capture the absurdity and anguish of young adulthood, while never sacrificing meaning on the altar of crude humor. "
" The movie does a very good job of capturing the teens and their times. Everything feels right, from the ups-and-downs of late '80s rock, to the way kids really behaved. "
" The story is semi-autobiographical, but has a gentler touch than his prior work on Superbad, and certainly relies less on slapstick episodes. "
" There's no mistaking Mottola's sincerity or his talent. "
" With a cast that believed in one another and a writer-director who believed he didn't have to follow up Superbad with SuperEvenBadder, Adventureland is the kind of adventure we could all use more of. "
" With Adventureland, Mottola is using some of the stock from his Superbad triumph to make the kind of personal film he should be making, that he probably would have liked to have made in the years following Daytrippers. "
" Yes, you've seen much of it before, and the nervous James character is now officially a cliche. But Stewart makes you care anyway. This, folks, is an actress. "
" The youths of Superbad were a little bit younger, a little more likable, their dirty-virgin wit more hilarious [than in Adventureland]. "
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