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ADVENTURELAND
DVD Review by David Blackwell
 
DETAILS:   107 minutes, audio commentary, featurette, deleted scenes
VIDEO:  1.85:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO:  English, French 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
Subtitles:  English SDH, French, Spanish
 
STUDIO:  Miramax Films/ Sidney Kimmel Entertainment/ This Is That
RELEASE DATE:  8-25-2009
 

ADVENTURELAND is a mixed bag for me as a viewer.  I get it that it is a tribute to the 1980s while showing how bad (and cheesy) it was.   The movie was inspired by the writer/ director's experiences working at a Long Island amusement park back in 1985.  ADVENTURELAND is amusing at times.  Still I found myself bored at times and wished the story focused on Em (Kristen Stewart) much more than our boring and looking for his way James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg).  I liked Ryan Reynolds as the two-timing guitar player/ maintenance man.   Bill Hader is funny as the Adventureland manager.   Adventureland comes off as a "crooked and we don't want people to win ever" type of place.   Also you learn you never wants anyone to win a Big-Ass (stuffed) Panda.  Margarita Levieva is sexy and fantastic as the always dancing and sexy woman with big boobs and a great ass.   She plays the part for all it is worth.   

Getting back to the central thrust of the story, it is about Brennan who has to take a summer job at Adventureland after his Dad is making as much money anymore and Brennan wants to go to grad school in New York City looking to be a great travel writer like Dickens.   Brennan makes friends at Adventureland while constantly being punched in the balls by his former friend Friggo.  I relate more to the screwed up character of Em than I could ever with the pott smoking and drifting through my summer nature of Brennan.   Then again I think Kristen Stewart rocked in this film.   Also don't miss teh Adventureland commercial during the closing credits.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
JUST MY LIFE: THE MAKING OF ADVENTURELAND is a 16 minute promotional featurette that features interviews with cast and crew as they talk about ADVENTURELAND.  The three deleted scenes with opitional commentary by Writer/ Director Greg Mottola and Actor Eisenberg.   The deleted scenes don't add to the film at all (another deleted scenes is included in the featurette).  The feature audio commentary by Mottola and Eisenberg doesn't thrill much as they share a few details about the movie and the characters.
 
FINAL ANALYSIS:  ADVENTURELAND is a mixed experience for me.  It makes me think how bad the 1980s was (I grew up during the 80s).  Also I wish it was about Kristen Stewart's character more.   People who like pott smoking and Superbad will probably enjoy this film more.
 
this DVD review is (c)8-19-2009 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted iwthout permission.  send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com