Adventureland (image 1)

The director of Superbad grows up with an engaging movie about young love, crappy amusement parks and the listless days of summer.

Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com

Screened as part of NZIFF 2009

Adventureland 2009

Directed by Greg Mottola

“The director of Superbad grows up with an engaging movie about young love, crappy amusement parks and the listless days of summer.” — Salon.com. With Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds. Great 80s soundtrack.

USA In English
107 minutes 35mm

Director, Screenplay

Producers

Ted Hope
,
Anne Carey
,
Sidney Kimmel

Photography

Terry Stacey

Editor

Anne McCabe

Production designer

Stephen Beatrice

Art director

Matthew Munn

Costume designer

Melissa Toth

Sound

Chris Gebert

Music

Yo La Tengo

With

Jesse Eisenberg (James Brennan)
,
Kristen Stewart (Em Lewin)
,
Martin Starr (Joel Schiffman)
,
Kristen Wiig (Paulette)
,
Bill Hader (Bobby)
,
Ryan Reynolds (Mike Connell)
,
Margarita Levieva (Lisa P)
,
Jack Gilpin (Mr Brennan)
,
Josh Pais (Mr Lewin)
,
Wendie Malick (Mrs Brennan)
,
Mary Birdsong (Francy)

Festivals

Sundance, SXSW 2009

Elsewhere

Showing a keen affinity for the embarrassment of his own formative years, filmmaker Greg Mottola brings back the 80s and makes a coming-of-age comedy with real feeling.

“As in Superbad and The Daytrippers, director Greg Mottola plows the salted fields of conventional movieland comedy – in this case that means hormone-crazed youth, summer jobs, an amusement park – and comes up with something startlingly fresh and amazingly unstupid. An absolutely note-perfect rendering of early-80s nowheresville boredom, great lead performances by Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart and an irresistible supporting cast of convincing suburban archetypes. You'll believe you were there – and quite possibly you were.” — Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com

“The 80s, at least at the time, appeared drenched in irony... It's Mottola's funny and touching inspiration to look back and see how unself-conscious the decade now seems.” — Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly