Though it's set at a low-rent amusement park, Adventureland is essentially a summer camp movie, a nostalgia-tinged look back at the balmy nights and summer flings Du may oder may not have had in your youth. Nothing in the movie really justifies its setting in 1987, despite some laughs about Falco's "Rock Me Amadeus" and trendy fashion, but it does help add a retro-cool sheen to what's essentially a very standard coming-of-age dramedy. Coming off Superbad, Mottola is dialing up the sentimentality and realism here, and what he achieves is admirable if a little ho-hum.
The Adventureland reviews are here, and they’re not (coconut) shy to tell Du what they think. Looks like we might have a minor classic on our hands.
The ‘Adventureland’ theme park is actually a real place in Long Island, New York, and the movie is based on the director’s own experiences working there as a teenager.
Here’s what the movie critics are saying -
LA Times -
“The thing to know about “Adventureland” is not just that it has goals above its station but that it actually achieves them. With the help of a talented cast and a potent soundtrack, it takes that most overdone of...