Adventureland (2009)


Comedy, Drama, Romance


Greg Mottola




Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynold, Martin Starr, Matt Bush, Margarita Levieva, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Mary Birdsong, Josh Pais, Jack Gilpin, Wendie Malick


In the summer of 1987, college graduate James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg) takes a job at Adventureland, his local amusement park, where he meets and falls in love with a co-worker,  Emily (Kristen Stewart).


Although I’ve recently come to appreciate her acting, I’m still not a fan of Kristen Stewart, and I still don’t like Jesse Eisenberg – actually, I’m starting to believe nobody does – which is why I’ve been putting off Adventureland forever. However, I read good things about it in last week’s Thursday Movie Picks and decided to watch it; I’m glad I did because it isn’t bad for a teen movie. 

Although there’s barely a plot, everything moves very slowly, there are most of the clich├ęs of a coming-of-age and there’s no such a thing as a twist – so it’s pretty predictable -, the story is interesting to follow and quite enjoyable. The ending though, it didn’t really work for me.

Anyway, this is one of the few (maybe only) times when I did not find Jesse Eisenberg's character utterly annoying. Actually, he was very likeable. It’s probably because it’s easy to relate to his character, he’s decently written and the performance isn’t bad. Also, the character feels real. It’s the same with the other characters. They are not that developed, but they aren’t as shallow as I was expecting either.

The most enjoyable part, however, is the quirky and at times awkward humour. Although it’s nothing new, the cast delivers it nicely, especially Ryan Reynolds who once again blesses us all with his amazing sense of humour. 


  1. This is one of my favorite movies of theirs, and I really like the soundtrack. This is also one of those movies where I like Ryan Reynolds. His character is a douchebag, but a likable one.

    1. He's always a douchebag (I think The Proposal is the only exception) and I think that's why I like him.

  2. I am one of the few people that legitimately likes Jesse Eisenberg lol

  3. I usually like Eisenberg, and I do here. It's nothing special, but it is a solid flick.

    1. All you guys liking Eisenberg, this really comes as a shock to me!

  4. Even looking at his face here, in profile, makes me want to punch him...hahahaaa. This film stars 2 that I can't truly stand but I really like Ryan Reynolds so I might see this day

    1. You should check it out, it's not bad. And I promise you will like Eisenberg in this one. Not sure about Stewart though.