Movie Details


April 3, 2009 | 1h 46m


Comedy, Drama


Greg Mottola


Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Martin Starr, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Reynolds, Paige Howard, Kevin Breznahan, Mary Birdsong, Josh Pais, Matthew Bush, Michael Zegen, Marc Grapey, Barrett Hackney, Dan Bittner, Declan Baldwin, Joe Pawlenko, Margarita Levieva, Jack Gilpin, Wendie Malick, Kelsey Ford, Ryan McFarland, Todd Cioppa, Stephen Mast, Adam Kroloff


Ted Hope, Anne Carey, Sidney Kimmel, Bruce Toll, Bill Horberg


Greg Mottola


Welcome to Adventureland, where the worst job imaginable is about to inadvertently turn into the summer that changes everything. Adventureland, a self-professedly "funtastic" Pennsylvania amusement park, appears to be the bane of recent college graduate's James Brennan's existence. He previously had big plans to spend the summer on a life-altering trek through Europe that would initiate him into real adult life. But when his family suffers an economic downturn in the middle of the Reagan 80s, James' only summer trip is straight to a minimum wage job manning a game booth so existentially bankrupt, no one is even allowed to win the giant stuffed panda. Yet, Adventureland isn't quite what it seems on the surface. For behind the cloying cotton candy aroma, the grating disco songs and the near pathological customers, there's a whole other world of misfit friends, hidden dreams and most incredibly, after-work encounters with the alluringly sharp-tongued arcade girl, Em Lewin. And when James discovers the hard-won courage to go to battle for Em, the result is a savagely funny yet sweetly heart-felt and unexpected encounter with "real adult life."


  • Greg Mottola Nominee for the 2010 Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay
  • Nominated for the 2009 Spirit Award for Best Screenplay by Film Independent (FIND).


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