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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 7:53 pm

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Adventureland" provides the opportunity to spend time with two very smart, likable characters played by two smart, likable actors—which is more than enough reason to check it out. Rising stars Eisenberg and Stewart are a perfect match, and their troubled characters bond over relatable issues of young adult frustration (disappointing parents, messy relationships, annoying coworkers, dreams deferred). This is a small movie, less laugh out loud hilarious than "Superbad," but just as touching and featuring stronger supporting characters including Ryan Reynolds as a surprisingly multi-dimensional amusement park handyman. Watching James and Em take their first steps toward adulthood isn't going to change your life, but there's something sweetly reassuring about the way the two stars manage to make it feel important anyway.

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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 7:56 pm

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It’s here that Brennan meets the damaged but heart-stealing Em (Twilight’s Kristen Stewart, at her most beautiful). Em is the kind of trouble grad students like Brennan and life-weary losers (a subtly brilliant Ryan Reynolds as the park’s maintenance man) alike can fall in love with. Her mother recently passed away, and in addition to her guilt over that, she tacks on plenty more for good measure. But she’s also smart, funny and completely aware of how absurd her station in life has become.

...Adventureland is one of the best films of the year because it sticks by its own heart. Mottola sets his film in 1987, but doesn’t play the period for excessive nostalgia. Lou Reed’s “Satellite of Love” is a plot point, but it’s not thrown in simply for credibility, a la the name-dropping soundtrack of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. The film gives us a summer-love romance, but it’s real, consequential and believable – so much so that these characters linger in your heart long after the movie’s over, just like the girl you fell in love with that summer long ago.

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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:05 pm

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The movie’s best moments belong to Eisenberg and Stewart, whose bittersweet courtship feels as effortlessly authentic as everything else “Adventureland” has to offer.

On some level, they are united by a common misery. Everyone in the film, save for Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig’s quirky park owners, seems to be running from some kind of demon.

But the joy they discover in each other’s company, when they’re not busy breaking each other’s hearts, is contagious and a delight to behold.

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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:13 pm

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Script and cast handle characters with equally admirable depth and empathy. When Em -- black eyeliner, denim jacket, Hüsker Dü shirt -- rescues shy James from being knifed over a giant panda doll, he's hopelessly smitten. In 1987, that meant mix tapes and getting high in unused bumper cars. They make out on couches. But Em has secrets, and you can't come of age without heartbreak. The characters surrounding James and Em are recognizable comic types -- the nerdy friend (Martin Starr), the creepy older guy with the muscle car (Ryan Reynolds), the sexy ditz (Margarita Levieva). But even Bill Hader's hopped-up theme park owner is drawn with enough peculiarity to appear as an only slightly exaggerated version of a real person.
Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig in Adventureland
MiramaxFor all its sharp writing and well-earned laughs, Adventureland never trades in the ironic mode of Rushmore and Napoleon Dynamite. Instead, the film is suffused with a warm, generous glow reminiscent of Almost Famous. But compared to Cameron Crowe's ode to his '70s adolescence, Adventureland's nostalgia feels more clear-eyed and humble. Regardless of the period, few movies about these universal rites of passage get quite as close to what it actually felt like. I have little doubt the film's appeal will prove to be timeless.

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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:19 pm

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Forced by plot machinations to shoulder much of the film's dramatic weight, Eisenberg and Stewart aren't able to have as much fun as the supporting players, but they deliver strong performances anyway. With his shock of brown hair and rapid, overanxious delivery, Eisenberg can't help but bring to mind a young Woody Allen and, in fact, one can easily imagine James growing up to be Isaac Davis or Mickey Sachs. It would have been easy for Stewart to play Em as the typical manic pixie dream girl who teaches the nerdy hero how to loosen up and enjoy life. To the actress' credit, she doesn't idealize the character; at times, Em is a pill to be around and Stewart portrays that side of her honestly.

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PostSubject: Re: Adventureland Reviews   Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:22 pm

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But what infuses Adventureland with its lion's share of vivid dramatic intensity, is that promising method actress extraordinaire, Kristen Stewart. Whether aspiring vamp or vampire in whatever role (Adventureland preceded Twilight), she's got all the ingredients to claim bragging rights as the up and coming James Dean of young hotties.

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