First Impressions: Adventureland

adventureland movie poster(1) - First Impressions: Adventureland

-Classic plot: getting too caught up in the present, you lose sight of your future…or do you?  Turns out you don’t have to choose, one lends itself to the other! boring.

-The funniest actors aren’t given nearly enough air time: Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Wendie Malick.  Unfortunately the people who SUCKED were the main characters.

-The funniest parts of this movie was whenever Matt Bush’s character punched that kid in the nuts.  Because he deserved it.  Because he sucked as an actor.

-The love scenes/making out scenes, which comprised a good fourth of the movie, did not flow well at all and just made me uncomfortable.

-Why did this movie have to be set in the 1980’s? I don’t get it.  It would have still sucked if it was set in the 60’s, or in 2008.

-The characters’ behavior was distracting.  They were supposed to be recent college graduates, but….smoking marijuana in an amusement park parking lot?  Talking about crushes?  Getting in trouble with the ‘rents for driving drunk?  I guess it’s an 80’s thing…

-Disappointing coming from the director of Superbad.

-Redeeming factor: soundtrack included Lou Reed, Yo La Tengo, The Cure, The Replacements, and Velvet Underground.


  • Finally watched this. I was hoping to disagree with you more, but Jesse Eisenberg’s a far less funny version of Michael Cera and Kristen Stewart was a permanent downer. Martin Starr was fine, but it’s hard not to think of this film with better actors in the leads.

    I didn’t have an issue with the story/behavior/time period, since it was based on the director’s own experiences. Nothing felt out of place, but it wasn’t enough to make up for Eisenberg/Stewart.

    Took me forever to realize that Matt Bush is the kid from the AT&T rollover minutes commercials.

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