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One for Kristin (Stewart) fans
Member Name: IzzyS
Advantages: Kristin Stewart, the characters,
Disadvantages: Slow, could be boring to some
- Cast/Credits -
- Story -
Its the 1980s and James Brennan is a college graduate who reluctantly takes on a summer job at his slightly run down local amusement park called Adventureland, in order to save up for his University course. While working there, he falls for a girl who is also working there and goes through a learning curve.
- Other Info./Thoughts/Opinions -
This is somewhat of a coming of age movie that some teens will enjoy, although its quite a slow movie and it certainly isn't jam packed with laughs, its more of a slow drama with one or two small bits of humour interspersed. The movie is advertised as coming from the people who brought us 'Superbad', which isn't a movie I've seen or particularly wanted to see but from what I know, that is a different type of movie to this, so be aware of that.
This is quite a subtle movie, one thats really more for teens and young adults than any other audience I think. No doubt some people will be curious to see it as it stars Kristin Stewart, aka Bella in the Twilight movies and in this movie she plays one of the main characters and I think she gives quite a good performance, playing the rather nonchalant Emma, who's vulnerability she keeps hidden quite well until quite far along in the movie.
Jesse's character, James, is also quite quirky, he's not too sure of himself and makes some mistakes which is where Emma steps in. There are other characters, the most memorable, in my opinion, being the couple who seem to own the amusement park, who almost seemed a little spooky in their personalities somehow, though im not entirely sure how. The characters in this movie are a little over exaggerated I think, which gives the movie a bit of a sort of comic book feel to it in a sense, its hard to explain well without seeing it but I think this is something that's somewhat common with Superbad, which the director Greg Mottola also worked on.
Ultimately the movie concentrates on James trying to fit in with other similar teens from the area who work at the park and on his friendship/relationship with Emma, who, it turns out, is hiding her fair share of secrets. There are the usual social mis fit characters, some loud mouth bullies that try to get James sacked etc etc., its not exactly original, although thats not to say that its a really bad movie.
- Would I Recommend It? -
I'm not sure that I'd really recommend it, though teens might enjoy it in part, there are funnier and more poignant movies out there I reckon. It'd be worth a watch if its on TV but otherwise, I don't know that its really worth paying much to see. I think some people, particularly fans of Kristin Stewart, will enjoy it quite alot while others wouldn't think much of it really.
Thanks for reading and thanks for any and all rates. This review was originally posted on Ciao UK under my username, which is the same as this one.
Summary: A coming of age movie about teens working at a fairground during summer break