Becky and I had the kids sleep over at my brother’s tonight, so we decided to see Adventureland Cinderella Man rip , at the AMC theater in Highlands Ranch, CO. The Fandango website at Adventureland describes the movie as follows…
It’s the summer of 1987, and James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg), an uptight recent college grad, can’t wait to embark on his dream tour of Europe. But when his parents (Wendie Malick and Jack Gilpin) announce they can no longer subsidize his trip , James has little choice but to take a lowly job at a local amusement park. Forget about German beer, world-famous museums and cute French girls-James’ summer will now be populated by belligerent dads, stuffed pandas, and screaming kids high on cotton candy…
Adventureland is promoted by the studio as a comedy with a few actors from Saturday Night Live, so we were expecting a comedy. Instead of a comedy, we got a two hour drama that was more depressing and boring than actually funny.
Becky and I saw the trailer for this movie a number of times and thought it was going to be a pretty fun flick, but the best thing about this movie were the cars. There was a Pacer that one of the main characters drove and a Plymouth Duster was driven by another of the characters. That’s pretty sad when the most exciting thing in the movie are those two vehicles! There were a couple funny parts, but overall it was a very lame attempt at comedy.
One of the main character’s Mom had died and her Dad had married a bald woman to replace her Mother, so she was whacked out and sleeping with a married guy. The other main character was super smart, but smoked dope the entire movie and was working at Adventureland to try to raise money to go to graduate school at an Ivy League school where he had been accepted. Another really pretty girl in the film was an air head who’s Dad had lost his job and she was whacked out. The entire movie was about a bunch of misfits who had to work at this lame amusement park and their lives were depressing.
We can’t even recommend Adventureland as a good rental. Our advice is to skip this flick all together and you’ll be glad that you didn’t waste your time or money. It’s sure to be showing up on one of the cable channels as a late night movie sooner than later, so if you’re really bored some night you can tune in then.
John – * Don’t Bother
Becky – * Don’t Bother
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