“Adventureland,” is a dramedy that takes James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg) on a rough “growing up” ride.
It is 1987, and James Brennan, a conventional guy who just graduated from university can hardly contain the excitement of his next trip to Europe. But when his parents passed on the sad news to James of not being able to subsidize his trip to Europe he had no alternative but to accept a job on the local amusement park to finance his future studies in N.Y.
The summer passing thought of drinking German beer, knowing the world’s most famous museums and beautiful French girls turns itself into spending days running a shooting gallery and ring-toss games while looking at cuddly bears and spoiled kids with cotton candy.
Still, James is very lucky. The summer that could have easily been the worst and disastrous of his life becomes exciting and unusual as he discovers love in the place least expected.
Greg Mottola writer-director “Superbad,” a movie about night adventures with lots of teenage boys waiting to find their first sexual intercourse. One might say that is like the teen version of “After hours,” the opus for Martin Scorsese.
In Adventureland, his most recent work, Mottola takes his time to go to the core of the story, but this time with young adults. The scenario that gives the film a title seems contradictory. The characters are helpless individuals with conflicted career decisions and the choice of a partner.
The plot and its focus on James has a resemblance to a role very similar, embodied in Michael Cera “Nick and Nora’s Infinit Playlist.”
Can you guess who falls in love with whom in this film? Mottola surfs the story with an even cast, poking sharp lines of dialogue, a powerful soundtrack, which includes Yo La Tengo and a few potent hits of the 80s, and giving rise to their favorite fetish CDs and t-shirts for groups.
In the park, he meets Emily (Kristen Stewart,) a mysterious girl who gets involved in a dark affair with a married, guitar-player, park handyman Mike (Ryan Reynolds), who is rumored to have jammed with Lou Reed once.
The film lacks content and slowly leaves you with an unsatisfied feeling. At least, “Superbad” showed ambition, its pace and jokey edge made it successful. But the only land that will be explored here is the meaning of “coming of age.”