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Lost In the Crevices – Overlooked Film of the Week: “Adventureland” (2009)

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…

Adventureland Poster

Image Courtesy of Miramax Films

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.

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1. Greg Mottola directed it

Greg Mottola

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He also directed Superbad, Paul, and three episodes of Arrested Development. He’s a cool dude, and this is a brilliantly directed film.

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2. Jesse Eisenberg is the main character

Jesse Eisenberg

Image Courtesy of Miramax Films

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.

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3. You’re allowed to hate Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds Adventureland

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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.

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4. Kristen Wiig in acid washed jeans

 

Kristen Wiig Adventureland

Image Courtesy of Miramax Films

It’s epic. And, of course, she delivers a delightfully funny performance. Because she’s Kristen Wiig, and she’s just awesome like that.

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5. Bill Hader too! Bonus!

Adventureland Banana

Image Courtesy of Miramax Films

Bill Lumbergh managing a theme park = Bill Hader in this film (but even funnier than that).

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6. Bananas with eye patches

Adventureland Banana

Image Courtesy of Miramax Films

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!

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  • Co1e

    I think that we can all agree that k-stew is, for the most part, a slack-faced skeez who just generally looks confused and isn’t much of a talent. I agree with almost everything else, except Eisenburg. To me this dude is almost the exact same character all the damn time. It’s Cera-esque. It annoys me. But that’s just me. Whatevs.

    Also, Brett, I know you get down on some delicious mystery tacos. You just prefer beuno, or the casa.

    • ThomasDuder

      I’ll do ya one better, Co1e-Train.

      2-for-a-buck janky-assed tacos from Jack n’ the Box. Awwwww yeaaaaaah, all full of jank and dank.

      #BasedTacos if you will. Fake meat, fake cheese, pure delicious.

      Admittedly though, I hate Stewart on principle. Now Eisenberg…

      Actually, no. You’re right on that note too.

      ~Thomas Duder, Will Still Check The Movie Out

      • #BasedTacos FOR LIFE!!! I accept that shit as a form of payment. (Seriously ask Stanton)

    • Brett Robison

      THIS ARTICLE DOES NOT REFLECT THE OPINIONS OF BRETT ROBISON, Co1e, FOR HE IS NOT NECESSARILY A FAN OF ADVENTURELAND, NOR DOES THIS ARTICLE READ LIKE HIS WRITING NORMALLY DOES. (It’s okay, everybody. Me and this dude go way back. I’m not being mean). 😀

      • Co1e

        CAPSLOCK??

  • Guest

    Hey Co1e, I didn’t write this article. I should slap you with Taco Bell tacos for not knowing this (it’s okay, everybody. Me and this guy go way back). 😀

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