Adventureland – Sledge’s Review


I’m off to Thorpe Park this Sunday with some of the BRWC gang and it should be a pretty good day out as I haven’t been to any theme park for quite a number of years. Is that Thunder Looper still that Alton Towers? I used to like that one.

When I was a lot younger I visited these places often and I always wondered what it was like to work in one of these pleasure parks. I think Greg Mottola, the gentlemen who gave us Superbad may have known and he has decided to tell us in his latest film, with mixed results.

The film is a coming of age story about James Brennan, played by (“Micheal Cera lite”) Jesse Eisenberg, an annoying student who has no summer job, then ends up working at the local theme park, Adventureland. He sells weed to make himself popular as he’s unattractive and a bit of a twat in all honesty.



But guess what? While working at Adventureland James meets and falls in love with Bella, the beautiful yet moody girl from rom-vampire flick Twilight. I say this not because I don’t know Kirsten Stewart’s name, but because she is pretty much playing the same character. In this film that character’s name is Em.

The rest of the cast is pretty strong though – Ryan Reynolds in a different role for him, Bill Hader, Martin Starr. I just wished the cast members had more to do and it was funnier, although the baseall bat scene with Hader was pretty humorous.

While Superbad had some laugh out loud funny moments, Adventureland is a lot more subtle. There are some solid parts to the film, but it’s a shame it doesn’t really go anywhere. The parts in between the solid can be a little slow.

Maybe read Owain’s better written review here.

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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.

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