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Plot, Details & Awards

Adventureland

Rated R for language, drug use and sexual references.

R In Theaters 04/3/2009 , 106min.
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Plot & Details

Inspired by writer/director Greg Mottola's own true-life job-from-hell experience, Adventureland stars The Education of Charlie Banks' Jesse Eisenberg as an uptight recent college graduate who discovers that he'll have to get a degrading minimum-wage job at a local amusement park instead of spending his summer drinking German beer, visiting world-class museums, and flirting with cute French girls. It's the summer of 1987, and James Brennan (Eisenberg) has just graduated from college. James is all set to embark on his dream tour of Europe when his parents (Wendie Malick and Jack Gilpin) suddenly announce that they won't be able to subsidize the trip. Now the only things James has to look forward to this summer are sugar-fueled children, belligerent dads, and an endless parade of giant stuffed animals. When James strikes up a relationship with captivating co-worker Em (Kristen Stewart), however, he finally starts to loosen up. Suddenly, the worst summer ever doesn't seem quite so bad.

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2009 Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay Greg Mottola Nominated

Sundance Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2009 Sundance Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

SXSW

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2009 SXSW Film Presented Nominated

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