Adventureland, by Greg Mottola, follows James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg), a guy who expected to spend the summer after college seeing Europe but instead had to get a job working at Adventureland, the local amusement park. His crappy parents reneged on their graduation present because his father had to take a pay cut at work or something. I don't know. It was hard to relate to this part given today's economy. Regardless, love, pot ingestion, sack taps, and hi-jinks ensue.
Those expecting Superbad 2 will not receive it. This is a retelling of the director's own experiences working at an amusement park. This movie is personal. You experience everything James is going through from the disappointment with his parents to his increasing romantic feelings for the grown-up version of the cute, little boy from Panic Room (Kristen Stewart).
While the actors are great, the real star is the soundtrack. (I will be accepting punches to the face for the awfulness of that last sentence.) It features 80s music from The Cure, Husker Du, Lou Reed, New York Dolls, and more. Each song fits the situation perfectly. The last movie to use music this well was Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and look how that turned out.
See this movie if you hate summer jobs, your parents, the 90s, cancer, or bad movies.
Finally, some things I learned while watching:
* Erections were not easy to hide in 80s pants.
* Martin Starr plays misunderstood geek like no other.
* It's weird to see the guy who killed vampires in Blade III make out with the girl that was in love with a vampire in Twilight. Now that's range.
* It really wasn't anything like Superbad.
* Ryan Reynolds doesn't have to play the same character in every movie.