Who knew the eighties had such incredible music? The Replacements, Rolling Stones and Velvet Underground set the mood for this coming of age story that unravels during a summer of drinking, toking up and, more importantly, making sure no one wins the giant-ass panda at Adventureland.
After James (Jesse Eisenberg) finishes undergrad and his parents inform him they are not-only no longer funding his summer vacation in Europe, but also are not going to be able to budget for grad school, he ultimately takes a job at the park as a games man. Apparently his degree in Comparative Lit and Renaissance Studies doesnâ€™t seem to be in high demand on the summer job market.
â€œHere we are at the first of many shitty games,â€ the tour of the park appropriately begins, and James meets the cast of his life-changing summer. Of course one of these fellow theme park workers is a girl of interest, but unfortunately for James, she is already working alongside a lusty maintenance man played by Ryan Reynolds.
The Velvet Undergroundâ€™s â€œPale Blue Eyesâ€ is part of the the movie’s soundtrack and is the perfect reflective backdrop for Jamesâ€™ journey as he meanders through his summer, bouncing off several quirky inhabitants of the park, but ultimately finding himself. With an endearing protagonist enduring summer scandals that feel all-too familiar, Adventureland is a fun, funny ride down what feels like memory lane.