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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 4:07 pm

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Twilight’s Kristen Stewart is a pleasant mystery in her role as Emily, the object of James’ desire. Emily is down-to-earth and beautiful, the essence of the perfect girl – at least on the surface. But as the film dwells in everyone’s imperfections, there’s complications that make it less predictable and more real-feeling.

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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 4:15 pm

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Also working at the park is the girl of his dreams, Em, (KRISTEN STEWART) who is lovely but elusive and somehow connected to the park’s Lothario Mike, (RYAN REYNOLDS).

...Casting is really fine, JESSE EISENBERG who so impressed in THE SQUID AND THE WHALE, is excellent as the slightly nerdy but not-a-loser James, and he was lucky to get KRISTEN STEWART before she became too busy making TWILIGHT movies because she is just beautiful and nuanced in this.

...Jesse Eisenberg is good and Kristen Stewart is lovely...Really a sort of a boy's dream girl

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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 4:31 pm

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The rides are crappy. The games are rigged. The pay is abysmal.

To make it through a 12-week stint at Adventureland with your sanity relevantly intact requires a major distraction.

For James, that would be the beautiful and mysterious girl working the stand next to his, Em (Kristen Stewart).

For Em, that would be the married maintenance man she is secretly seeing after closing time, Mike (Ryan Reynolds).

...Courtesy of accomplished performances across the board - Eisenberg and Stewart are particularly impressive - and some very witty and insightful scripting, every scene in Adventureland rings achingly, amusingly true.

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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 4:37 pm

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but really “Adventureland” succeeds because of the performances of Eisenberg, Stewart and the rest of the young cast. It succeeds because it’s a believable, yet humorous tale of growing up, which is after all, the scary best adventure ever.

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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 4:44 pm

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She is bewitched by a vampire in Twilight and here Kristen Stewart takes a shine to a nerdy would-be writer she meets on their summer job at Adventureland. It is yet another impressive performance from 19 year old Stewart, who just shines as brightly here as she embarks on an emotional journey with another troubled soul.

Stewart and Eisenberg are strong central leads and much of the satisfaction of our journey in this enticing film, comes from our involvement and resulting angst in the minutiae of every day life.

... And then he meets Stewart's soulful Em, who does not want for anything financially, but who needs to get out of her father's house where her obnoxious stepmother rules.

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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 4:47 pm

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Writer/director Greg Mottola ("Superbad," "The Daytrippers") is obviously comfortable with underdog nostalgia, dipping a bit into Richard Linklater's "Dazed and Confused" territory with this semi-autobiographical reminiscence that's extremely well-acted by Jesse Eisenberg ("The Squid and the Whale") and Kristen Stewart ("Twilight").

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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 4:52 pm

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But at Adventureland, James falls like he never has for Em (Kristen Stewart), a co-worker — a saturnine beauty, adrift romantically and nursing bitterness towards her father for his past callousness towards her late mother, and towards his tawdry new replacement wife. Both unsure and afraid of what the future holds, yet eagerly faithful to its possibilities, James and Em strike up a solid friendship that soon wavers into a tentative romance.

... Mottola’s cast is uniformly winning, especially Eisenberg, who’s maturing into an excellent and nuanced actor, and Stewart who gives Em equal parts sass and vulnerability. Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig provide the otherwise aching, wistful material a welcome off-kilter goofiness, and help counter less successful casting choices, like Reynolds, who’s got the swagger and the looks of the narcissistic Mike but none of the foxiness by which such characters prey and seduce.

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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 5:01 pm

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...James quickly makes friends with the rest of the summer crew, including the troubled, bright Em (Kristen Stewart, "Into the Wild" and "Twilight"); maintenance man Connell (Ryan Reynolds), who allegedly once jammed with Lou Reed; and Joel (Martin Starr, "Superbad"), the intellectual who thinks he's doomed to be a loser.
James and Em strike up a fragile sort-of romance that will touch the hearts of pretty much anyone who's ever been in college. Or high school, for that matter. Watch the way these two performers interact. They truly possess chemistry, and they reveal their innermost thoughts even while they're trying to hide them from each other.

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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 5:58 pm

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As the plot unfolds we notice that not much really happens, yet we’re instantaneously drawn in by Mottola’s perfectly illustrated moments of teens doing what teens do. Their conversations feel real, their actions are natural and never seem forced or scripted. And the innocent attraction that the virginal James develops for Em reminds us all of our first love and the blossoming of our worldly existence. Similar to how we “grew up” with junior Rolling Stone Magazine writer William Miller (played by Patrick Fugit) in Almost Famous, Eisenberg’s James allows each one of us to imagine a second chance at growing up. And Stewart handles her Em with such deep and dignified composure that we root for the pair despite her numerous flaws and bouts of angst and self-disgust. The two have an electric chemistry that rivals that of any on-screen couple in the last decade or so. This could end up being Stewart’s best role in her young but burgeoning career. She’s that good here.


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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 6:06 pm

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I admit I went into this expecting a puerile teenager movie. While it’s about graduating collegians, what it really is, is a sweet, realistic love story. Everything about this movie is good, from the perceptive script and sensitive, intelligent directing of Greg Mottola, to the acting by the entire cast. While Jesse Eisenberg, the leading man (James Brennan) gives a captivating performance as the virginal, disingenuous protagonist, the person who stole the movie for me was Kristen Stewart (Em Lewin), the girl who captures his heart. She is the one who has to express her hidden emotions through her eyes. While she is a girl interested in a guy, she always shows that there’s something serious bothering her. It is her performance that makes this film something special.

...James and Em are such delightfully nuanced characters that this never sinks into the young adult drivel thrust upon us by most movies about this generation. For my money, Stewart deserves an Oscar®️ nomination. Whether she gets one or not, this is the best feature film I’ve seen so far this year.

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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 6:11 pm

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It covers all the requisite ground for a nostalgic coming-of-age summer comedy/romance (the hero discovering his dad's vices, an embarrassing case of arrested virginity, flagrant use of "Rock Me Amadeus"), but Adventureland works because it does all of that really, really well. That's partly thanks to a spot-on cast. Eisenberg carries the movie with a graceful balance of charisma and nerdiness, tempering his athletic build and cut-from-marble cheekbones with a guileless stammer (even if he does sometimes sound like he's doing an impression of Michael Cera), and Kristen Stewart is fairly irresistible as the sometimes awkward, always disarming love interest, Em.

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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 6:16 pm

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One of the main pleasurable distractions at Adventureland for James is meeting up with pretty co-worker Em Lewin (Kristen Stewart, "Twilight"), another polished and sensible wonder whose toiling at this crappy seems inexplicably puzzling. Both James and Em are comfortable around each other's company and they realize that their presence at Adventureland is a personal joke at best; they are associated with irreverent surroundings that this duo realizes is beneath their calling for something more solid and profound. Nevertheless, James oversees the park's shady "Games of Chance" booth as settles for his smitten sessions with fellow malaise-ridden Em at his side.

Eisenberg is totally convincing as the once-enthusiastic James who has to settle for what's currently in his cluttered path--a beat-up amusement park that is barely holding his head above water while possibly dashing dreams for a grander scale in ambition and determination. Stewart's Em is equally riveting as the object of affection for James--she shares that same sense of settling for what is a given choice now as opposed to planning beyond the realm of Adventureland's confining boundaries. Both performers have grown professionally in front of the movie audience's eyes and they will be surprised by their enriching, layered performances.

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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 6:23 pm

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The romance between James and Em is substantive and subtle. James' virginal fortitude, Em's rebellious confusion and the continued maturation of this pair of young Method actors give the match some dramatic heft.

For its wit and warmth — and a killer soundtrack of cuts from INXS, theReplacements, David Bowie, the Cure, New York Dolls and more — "Adventureland" is a cool summer breeze among the stale romantic comedy market.

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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 6:26 pm

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Eisenberg, as James, deftly manages writer/director Greg Mottola’s (Superbad) droll dialogue with effortless timing and delivery. Kristen Stewart, as Em, shot this role before Twilight and is sensational — her best screen work yet.

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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 6:29 pm

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It doesn't take long -- seconds, in fact -- for the virginal James to tumble head-long in lust for sexy-cool arcade chick Em Lewin (Twilight's Kristen Stewart).

...Both leads are superlative.

Gawky Eisenberg manages to convey the intellect and mirth behind his habitual awkwardness.

Registering with equal wit and depth is Stewart -- better served by go-nowhere misfits than emo vampires -- whose Em is far more complicated and resonant than most objects-of-affection in similarly guy-centric films.

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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 6:40 pm

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Irritated and resentful, James finds work running rigged games at a local amusement park where he encounters a depressive Russian literature scholar, Joel (Martin Starr), and Em (Kristen Stewart, star-marked by Twilight and remarkable in last year's The Cake Eaters), a resourceful fellow barker with compatible taste in what Beavis and Butt-Head would in the coming years deride as "college music."

...It is enough to watch Eisenberg - more Michael Cera meetsWoody Allen than John Cusack as Lloyd Dobler - and Stewart play believable adults who haven't quite achieved escape velocity from their childhood circumstances.

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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 6:44 pm

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... The person who reveals them to him is Em Lewin ( Kristen Stewart), a co-worker who's fetching in a sleek, smart way that's not fashionable in Pittsburgh circa '87, where the ideal is a voluptuous disco dancer named Lisa P. (Margarita Levieva).

In a triumphant bar scene, James says he was reading a Shakespeare sonnet -"being your slave what should I do but tend upon the hours and times of your desire?" - when he realized he didn't love a former girlfriend. "I didn't want to tend upon her hours or her times," James says, and he would not go to bed with her. Em, who's about to attend New York University and is disillusioned beyond her years, can't believe James didn't go to bed with the girl anyway.

When does romance get in the way of a boy-man opening himself up to intimacy? That is the question of Adventureland. James' plight touches Em, but she can't cope with his youthful complexity. She's preoccupied with a married older man, Mike Connell ( Ryan Reynolds), a local rocker who repairs rides at the park.

Eisenberg, as James, plays cluelessness and sincerity with equal force, and Stewart tempers emotional turmoil with a flexible intelligence. They're perfect together...

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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 6:52 pm

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...The movie is a major step up for its two stars, Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart.


...James is an unusual type for a movie of this sort: not just brainy, but smart — he's anything but a slacker. Em is even smarter in certain ways: She knows things James may never know — things she's coming to wish she didn't know herself.


Eisenberg, with his skittery earnestness, and Stewart, a dream girl with unexpected demons, are a perfect match in these roles — both of them open up new vistas of future career direction.

...James and Em aren't youth-movie clichés; they're people we immediately know without having to have them over-explained. They may contemplate the possibility of catching Judas Priest at the local arena, but secretly they'd just as soon snuggle down with a copy of Eno's Here Come the Warm Jets. And we understand. Because here they come.

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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 7:04 pm

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...One of the park's employees, Em (Stewart), catches James' eye and becomes a huge part of his life. The only problem is that she is having an affair with a married man named Connell (played by Ryan Reynolds). The story line may not sound that intriguing but it is a very natural coming of age story.

I am aware that many people have a dislike for Kristen Stewart but when you watch her in a film like this, what is not to like? She is such a natural actress and really just owns her character. Her on screen chemistry with Jesse Eisenberg is so natural. There was not one second where my mind left the movie. I was 100% locked into the film and always believed that these characters were into each other. This is how I felt about Stewart's performance in Twilight. She is just great on screen and always makes me believe her character.

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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 7:10 pm

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The job is a bummer, of course, but for the virginal James, there is one major compensating factor in the form of Em (Kristen Stewart), a beautiful fellow game operator who works at Adventureland not for financial reasons but to spend as much time away from her clueless father and hateful stepmother as possible. James is instantly smitten--to him, Em is less a girl than a soul mate who is on the same wavelength with on everything from music to life...

As Em, Kristen Stewart gets to show off all of the acting chops that she wasn’t allowed to demonstrate in that “Twilight” nonsense and, along with Eisenberg, forms one of the most appealing young couples to appear in a film in a while.

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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 7:16 pm

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As object of affection and much more, Kristen Stewart (2008's "Twilight") is stunningly intuitive in her reading of Em, a young lady with more to worry about and grapple with than which boys like her.

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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 7:20 pm

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Of all of the actors and actresses in the film, Kristen Stewart radiates the most charisma and gives a moving performance that shows that she can handle a complex role quite well.

...Most importantly, Em and James have some authentic chemistry together and you actually want them to be boyfriend and girlfriend, despite all of their flaws and insecurities. Ultimately, Adventureland manages to be a sweet, funny and mature drama. It has more tenderness and much less crassness than what its lousy, deceptive trailer leads you to believe. Kristen Steward shines in a raw and tender performance bursting with charisma.

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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 7:39 pm

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Eisenberg’s innocence is nicely matched by the coltishness of suddenly ubiquitous Twilight breakout star Kristen Stewart. Watching Eisenberg fall in love with Stewart is like watching the mating rituals of photogenic wild animals who care about books and interesting films.
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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 7:42 pm

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There’s a genuine, honest sincerity to James’s fumblings with fellow Adventureland employee Em, who’s got issues of her own, and Kristen Stewart (Twilight, Jumper), in the role, is an elegant foil and match for James -- for all her youth (Stewart is only 19), she has an unexpectedly gritty yet open edge.

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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 7:45 pm

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Eisenberg and Stewart are exceptional, bringing nuance and perception to what are basically young people hanging out. There are no Kevin Smith-inspired trips down memory lane, no pop culture laden riffs on whose better, The Replacements or Husker Du (both represented in the magnificent era-apropos soundtrack). Instead, the dialogue digs no deeper than simple human hungers -- the feelings of acceptance/rejection that come with the destruction of dreams and the realignment of individual priorities. Everyone at Adventureland is damaged in some way. By coming together and sharing their situation, they discover that most important of bonding balms: friendship.

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