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Adventureland (2009)

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Comedy, Drama, Romance |

Adventureland is a American comedy-drama film written and directed by Greg Mottola. Set in the summer of 1987, recent college grad James Brennan is making big plans to tour Europe and attend graduate school in pursuit of a career in journalism. However, financial problems force him to look for a summer job instead of traveling abroad, which places him at Adventureland, a run-down amusement park in western Pennsylvania. There he meets Emily Lewin, a co-worker with whom he develops a quick rapport and relationship.

In 1987, James Brennan plans to have a summer vacation in Europe after graduating with a comparative literature degree from Oberlin College and to attend a journalism graduate school at Columbia University when his summer ends. A few days after his graduation, his parents advise him to seek a part-time job rather than going to Europe when they unexpectedly announce that financial problems have taken a toll on them and they would be unable to financially support him.

After being rejected from every other job he applies to due to a lack of any real work experience, James gets a job at Adventureland, a local amusement park in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where his childhood friend Tommy Frigo works. Assistant manager Bobby assigns James to the games section, despite James’ preference of working on rides. He later meets his new co-workers: the sarcastic Joel; Bobby’s wife and park manager Paulette; Sue O’Malley; Mark; the alluring but vapid rides worker Lisa P.; and the park’s technician, Mike Connell, a part-time musician who claims to have once jammed with Lou Reed, James’ musical idol.

Director: Greg Mottola

Writer: Greg Mottola

Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Martin Starr, Margarita Levieva

Cast:

Jesse EisenbergJames Brennan
Martin StarrJoel
Jack GilpinMr. Brennan
Margarita LevievaLisa P.
Wendie MalickMrs. Brennan
Kristen WiigPaulette
Bill HaderBobby
Matt BushTommy Frigo
Paige HowardSue O’Malley
Dan BittnerPete O’Malley
Josh PaisMr. Lewin
Mary BirdsongFrancy
Kristen StewartEm Lewin
Barret HackneyMunch (as Barrett Hackney)
Michael ZegenEric
Kimisha Renee DavisKelly
Ryan ReynoldsMike Connell
Vanessa HopeRonnie Connell (as Vanessa Wanger)
Kelsey LedginArlene (as Kelsey Ford)
Ryan McFarlandBrad
Moe SlingerLoud Kid #1
Todd CioppaVelvet Touch Manager
Jesse SlingerLoud Kid #2
Jack Norris BaldwinBarfing Kid (as Jack Baldwin)
Stephen MastRich
Adam KroloffAdult Contestant
Kevin BreznahanMolly Hatchet T-Shirt Guy
Marc GrapeyPanda Con Dad
Andrew RansomForeigner Tribute Band Member
Joe SandersonForeigner Tribute Band Member
Cliff ChienForeigner Tribute Band Member
Russell SteinbergForeigner Tribute Band Singer
Rob OrrForeigner Tribute Band Member
Eric SchaefferForeigner Tribute Band Member
Gennaro DiSilvioNicky (as Gennaro Disilvio)
Alexis FerranteNicky’s Girlfriend
Joe PawlenkoNicky’s Pal
Zachary PalmerJoel’s Younger Brother
Declan BaldwinMale Customer
Ian HardingWealthy Prepster
Ashtin PetrellaPrepster’s Girlfriend
Amy LandisMrs. Ostrow
Janine ViolaMrs. Frigo
Alana HixsonPretty Girl #1
Erin CappicciePretty Girl #2
Jeremy AmblerNightclub Dancer
Tony AmenPedestrian in Amusement Park
Elysia AnnaciniAmusement Park Patron
Aaron BernardAdventure Guest
Neil BookerCustomer
Minda BrileyPark Mom
Evan Alex ColePrepster Friend
Caroline CollinsEric’s Mother
Matt CroyleConnell’s Friend
Christopher CussatPark Patron
Joe DolanPark Patron
Renee DowningPark Patron
Dave EvelerPark Attendant
Joe ForgionePrepster’s Friend 1
Matthew FreasGame Vender
Jeffrey JonesBartender
William KaniaShort Order Cook
Lisa LamendolaFoxy Cougar
Stephanie MacdougallPark Patron
Zach MarkelJerry
Sean P. McCarthyAmusement Park Patron
David Dale McCuePark Patron
Christopher MeleAmusement Park Patron
Doug MichaelsPark Patron
Jeremy MoonPark Patron
Jackson NunnDancer
Jared PfennigwerthParty Guest
Krista ReamNightclub Dancer
Randy RoganPark Patron
Brenna RothPunk Rocker
Brandee Sanders80’s girl
Logan C. SayreArcade Boy
Cory TucekExtra
Bryan VavroPinball Machine Player
Blase WardPark Employee
Michael WendtPark Patron

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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