With “Adventureland,” Greg Mottola comes back for his first film since “Superbad,” with a movie that could be called “Superbad 2” since it feels just like his first effort.Our main character James Brennon, played by Jesse Eisenberg, has just graduated from college and is planning on moving to New York City for graduate school when his parents drop the news that they are not making as much money, and advise him to work at the local amusement park to save up money for school.
Adventureland, run by Bobby and his wife Paulette, played by Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, hire Brennan after a long arduous look for a job. The characters that work in this park are the outsiders of your typical school group. Think “Freaks and Geeks” but in a movie instead of a television series.
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This is where the movie really starts to roll and get to the meat of the story.
The first we meet is Tommy Frigo, played by Matt Bush, who was Brennan’s friend from the fourth-grade who constantly punches him in the nether-regions.
Joel, played by Martin Starr, becomes Brennan’s new best friend. Joel went to college for Russian Literature and Slavic Languages, but is truly the nerd of all nerds. He also happens to be Brennan’s voice of reason.
Ryan Reynolds plays the opposite of Joel as your typical cool mechanic that is a musician, Mike Connell. Connell is very much Brennan’s devil to Joel’s angel.
Kristen Stewart plays Em, Brennan’s love interest who once saves him from getting stabbed by a knife. While Joel thinks that Em is the best person, Connell pushes Brennan more towards Lisa P, Margarita Levieva, the popular, hot dancer.
Brennan is very much like Michael Cera’s character in “Superbad” but much later, pushing the thought that Mottola writes himself into these movies.
Jesse Eisenberg really plays a great version of the character as a believable fish out of water virgin and nerd. The romance between Stewart and Eisenberg is very well played and actually takes center stage to this movie.
Breaking your typical roles with the girl being timid, Stewart plays a very sexual being, while Eisenberg is the virgin. This movie is very much a movie that wants to be an indie movie but only plays to the trend of making indie movies popular.
The sound track to this movie is straight out of the 80’s, given that it’s set in 1987. This movie is riddled with some of the best, and worst music, of the time period. “Amadeus” is played the most throughout and was joked about in the movie but it also references Judas Priest and the crazy fads of the 1980’s.
If you’re not interested in watching the new “Fast and Furious” movie, and enjoyed “Superbad,” ‘Freaks and Geeks,” and “Undeclared,” then this movie is definitely a movie you’d enjoy.
Just keep in mind that its comedy is much more subtle than that of “Superbad.”
Adam Korman is a fifth-year student majoring in professional studies. He can be reached at AK587939@wcupa.edu.