It was the worst job they ever imagined… and the best time of their lives.
This movie, set during the late 80’s, is about a college graduate named James Brennan (Eisenberg) who dreams of travelling Europe. His plans quickly get derailed when he learns that his father got demoted and he needs to come up with cash on his own. He tried to apply to different odd jobs, but with his English Major Degree and severe lack of working experience, he fails quite miserably. However, one trip to Adventureland changed his life forever.
‘Superbad‘ director Greg Mottola surprised me a lot in this film. He took a very simple love story, sprinkled a bit of comedy here and there, coupled with awesome performances from the actors and he managed to cook up a very interesting movie. Using the coolest decade of all-time as the backdrop to this film, it brings wonderful waves of nostalgia as the characters were as real as they could get.
Though the film was marketed as a comedy, it has a totally different feel watching it on the big screen. The plot centers around James as he grudgingly accepts his job as a “Games Guy” rather than being a “Rides Guy”. He meets a few characters along the way that helps him cope with the daily grinds of giving away prizes at knife-point and smoking pot here and there. The characters certainly make this film very interesting; just like the Park Manager and his wife were very hilarious! They really stole the show! They played their characters with depth and undeniable talent.
Kristen Stewart played the role of Em, a troubled character who is also the love interest of James in this movie. Though I was not surprised with Stewart’s “generic” acting as an awkward/ emo/ depressing but charming teen, she definitely works for this movie. Just like all the characters in this film, she was well-rounded and was a very good choice to play this part.
However, although the plot was very predictable the moment the two leads meet, for some reason, you can’t wait to see how the story unfolds. It might be constant painful stunt pulled by Frigo (Bush) on James everytime, or it could be the whole pack of weed he gives out to his friends whenever they hang out. I’m not really sure.
What I’m sure of is that this film is worth checking out and I’m positive that a lot of you will love this movie. I recommend all the 20 somethings out there to watch this with your friends, and just sit back and watch your (past) life unfold before you. (Oh, and don’t forget to bring out the pot your brother gave you!) All in all, this coming-of-age movie is the perfect must-see on a hot summer afternoon.