Lists: Romantic Comedy, Chick Flicks

Brief Synopsis: "In 1987, James Brennan's dreams of a summer European tour before studying at an Ivy League school in New York City are ruined after his parents have a severe career setback. As a result, James must get a summer job to cover his upcoming expenses at the decrepit local amusement park, Adventureland, where he falls in love with a witty co-worker, Emily Lewin. In that bizarrely shady workplace, the young carnies have unforgettable and painful learning experiences about life, love and trust while James discovers what he truly values."

Overall Ranking: 2380 (Rank from 2009: # 58)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 7.69%
Regular 38.46%
Half-Popped 53.85%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review
David Baruffi97
Rob from GuysFilmQuest80
Ray Willmott80
Jordan K75
GuiltyFilm Melanie J65(full review)
GuiltyFilm Renee K65(full review)
GuiltyFilm Andrew N60(full review)
GuiltyFilm Jennifer D60(full review)
Bryan Lienesch53 - Slow moving and fairly well done, but not the side-splitting comedy some may hope it is
Dan O'Neill45 - Adventureland has a nicer and sweeter tone than most teen comedies, and some fun in the script, but it doesn’t have as much as fun as I think it could have, and ultimately just feels forgettable, except for the memory of the awesome Lou Reed song.
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GuiltyFilm Kevin M45(full review)
Gorgon Reviews43(full review)
J Patterson40

People Involved

  • Jesse Eisenberg (James Brennan)
  • Kristen Stewart (Em Lewin)
  • Martin Starr (Joel)
  • Kristen Wiig (Paulette)
  • Bill Hader (Bobby)
  • Ryan Reynolds (Mike Connell)
  • Margarita Levieva (Lisa P.)
  • Kelsey Ford (Arlene)
  • Michael Zegen (Eric)
  • Ryan McFarland (Brad)
  • Jack Gilpin (Mr. Brennan)
  • Wendie Malick (Mrs. Brennan)
  • Matt Bush (Tommy Frigo)
  • Todd Cioppa (Velvet Touch Manager)
  • Stephen Mast (Rich)
  • Adam Kroloff (Adult Contestant)
  • Greg Mottola (Director)