Lost In the Crevices – Overlooked Film of the Week: “Adventureland” (2009)
Even With Kristen Stewart, Adventureland is a Riot
Okay, before anyone decides to shoot me through the internet, let’s address the elephant in the room. Kristen Stewart is in this film. She wears her classic perma-scowl. She is awkward. She is, in general, not a stellar actress. Did we get that out of our systems? Good. Moving on…
I freakin’ love this film. Despite the fact that it is in my Top Ten, all but one of my friends couldn’t fathom why I dragged them to the theater to see it. They said it was a waste of their precious college kid dollars that could have been spent buying Taco Bell or some other silliness that I don’t partake in (ironically, there is a lot of “silliness” in this film). But seriously, what could be better than a coming-of-age story that takes place in the 80s, in a theme park, has a more than decent soundtrack, and is cleverly written? Not much, my friends. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I don’t want to ruin it with spoilers. I’ll simply tell you that it is, in my opinion, the perfect balance of poignant and laugh ‘til you cry funny. Instead, my Top Six reasons why this film is worth 107 minutes of your time.
1. Greg Mottola directed it
He also directed Superbad, Paul, and three episodes of Arrested Development. He’s a cool dude, and this is a brilliantly directed film.
2. Jesse Eisenberg is the main character
I believe Jesse will go down in history as one of the greatest actors of our generation. If he isn’t considered that already (in my head, he definitely is). The epitome of nerd-meets-cool, Jesse is one of the first actors in a long time who has made being intelligently funny an attractive quality. And he’s intelligent in real life, not just when he’s reading a script someone else wrote. Seriously, look him up on YouTube and watch one of his interviews. I’m not even going to link one because they’re all good.
3. You’re allowed to hate Ryan Reynolds
I adore Ryan Reynolds. There, I said it. He’s a total badass in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, adorably charming in Definitely Maybe, and downright hilarious in The Proposal. But in Adventureland, I absolutely HATE him. And it’s okay because you’re supposed to. I mean it, his character is the definition of Douche Bag.
4. Kristen Wiig in acid washed jeans
It’s epic. And, of course, she delivers a delightfully funny performance. Because she’s Kristen Wiig, and she’s just awesome like that.
5. Bill Hader too! Bonus!
Bill Lumbergh managing a theme park = Bill Hader in this film (but even funnier than that).
6. Bananas with eye patches
Just trust me on this one. It’s funny. And you will not regret it.
So that’s it. Hopefully I’ve convinced you to give this movie a chance. If you need some added incentive, Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me, Hot in Cleveland) plays Jesse’s mom, and there’s a pretty great “special cookies” scene. So pop some popcorn and get watching. Enjoy!