It's a whole corn dog and more...
Lets say this. When I went into this movie, I thought it was gonna be a pretty funny, somewhat faster/shorter film, that I will think is fun, but will forget in 2 weeks. I was wrong as I am about 15% of the time with movies. This movie tuned out to be... well not really a comedy. It turned out to be a coming of age, love story with a few laughs which was weird in general to say the least. And the weirder part, was the fact that I loved it!
Greg Mottola wrote and directed this "comedy", about a high school graduate (James Brennan) dreaming to go to New York, attend a school of journalism in hopes to become one, right after going on a European trip with his friend. All that is ruined, when his parents tell him that his dads been demoted, and they are now moving to a lower neighborhood, and on a much tighter budget. Resolved to at least go to the school, he gets a summer job working at a carnival: Adventureland.
Here he meets a bunch of characters like Joel (Martin Star), the never ending nerdy/poetic/depressed future friend. Then there's Bobby (Bill Hader) the guy who owns the place, along with Paulette (Kristen Wiig). And of course the love interest, Em, (Kristen Stuart), with Mike (Ryan Reynolds), foxy Lisa P.(Margarita Levieva) and Tommy(Matt Buch) rounding out the bunch.
Acting: Terrific. Everyone plays their parts well. Are any of them oscar worthy? No. Some, not even close, but I think they have lived in similar situations or so, that they play it so invisibly and well, its almost as if it were real. Especially Kristen Stewart. I don't know why she fooling around with Twilight, except for the fact that it makes a lot of money. Lol.
Story: Good. Not great, but very strong for a movie this type, and a bit slower which is a very good thing. I'm tired of laugh out loud 5 seconds later its over movies. It also has a few turns, all of which are predictable, but its not trying to hide them anyways, so yeah.
Directing: I think, since Mr. Mottola wrote this, he was perfect to direct it. A nice brilliant piece of work. Simple angles, but it makes the storytelling so much easier instead of trying to over complicate it. It more compliments the story and acting, instead of trying to be more which was perfectly fine for this movie.
Effects/soundtrack: Well, the effects were decent. A smaller budget movie, but it did a good job of making it feel like the 80's. Which the music helped... A LOT. Lol. The soundtrack for this film was brilliant and of course played of the story and acting... again. But yeah, check it out if ya want. Was this movie a awesome 80's our fest like it was with Lord's of Dogtown for the 70's? No. But it is satisfactory.
Overall, there are some embarrassing scenes for me, at how stupid some guys can be, and how I relate to it., It got every emotion out of me almost, and it was great. I think it made it to my 2nd or 3rd fave romantic/coming of age movies, and the fact I liked it says it all. Go check it out, you won't regret it.