Sunday, September 20, 2009
What the hell was that? It's just my life.
Did Adventureland get enough credit? I'm thinking not so much. As far as movies go representing our (or the 1990s) generation, this one fared pretty well.
If Waiting was a hallmark for anyone who has ever had to work 3+ months in the food service industry, then Adventureland is the same for anyone who has ever had to endure the carny lifestyle.
James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg) was all set to spend his summer before grad school backpacking through Europe until he hit a financial snag and had to settle on working at the local carnival back in his hometown. A full summer of running the games booth with rigged games galore and the never-ending soundtrack of Falco's "Rock Me Amadeus." Pure heaven, right?
Brennan's got a crush on Em (K-Stew, doing a pretty decent acting job) who also works the games booths. She's torn between him and another guy...
Mike Connell (Ryan Reynolds) who goes by 'Connell' and happens to be married but does oblige to Em by taking her to his mom's basement anytime he wants to be with her. He's kind of a douche but the unfortunate attractiveness that Reynolds possesses makes it hard to really hate on the guy.
So Brennan switches tactics and gets with the hottest girl on this side of the 'rides'...
Lisa P (Margarita Levieva) who does quite a good job acting in this film. Only in the world of teen flicks can a nerdy guy get with all of the hot girls in a matter of two hours.
But my favorite character is Joel played beautifully by Martin Starr, who you might recognize from other bromance comedies like Knocked Up and Superbad. He provides the voice of reason for Brennan and has a wonderfully dry sense of humor. Only in this movie could he get away with calling a hat a "chapeau" while stoned. And his list of job occupations post-graduation include "cabby, hot dog vendor, marijuana delivery guy...the world is my oyster." Hilarious.
Overall I would definitely recommend this movie because it has the great way of taking you back to the past when you watch it. And the soundtrack is also excellent. Bowie, The Cure, INXS and of course, gotta have that Falco song.
Love to you all,