Adventureland

GREG MOTTOLA

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2009.  Miramax, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, This Is That Productions.  Screenplay by Greg Mottola.  Cinematography by .  Produced by ,, .  Music by . Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Gotham Awards 2009.  Independent Spirit Awards 2009.  

After his parents reveal to him that they’ve suffered a financial loss thanks to his father’s having been demoted at work, is devastated to learn that he cannot have his dreamed-of European vacation before beginning graduate school. Instead, he has to spend the summer working at a crummy Pennsylvania amusement park that features rigged games, dangerous rides, and all the colourful assortment of carnies you can imagine. Naturally, the kinda-pretty girl with the flat hair and the glum smile working the booth next to him wins his heart and gives him a summer that, even though he’s post-adolescent, will never let him feel like he’s the same ever again. All the characters are likeable and fun, even Kristen Stewart manages to seem like she’s having a good time, but the episodic structure of the script eventually grows tiresome, and the laughs are only ever pleasant chuckles.  If the film had a sweeter heart at its centre this low energy drive would be more appropriate, but as it is it’s just adequate. is out of place as resident cool dude, a park maintenance man who moonlights in a rock band.

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