DVD â€“ Rated R
Adventureland is two parts bittersweet love story and one part oddball comedy. When James Brennan graduates college, his life becomes a series of missed ring tosses. Instead of going on a trip to Europe, Brennan is forced to work at an amusement park to make ends meet. The film capitalizes on the inherent oddity of such a place, playing up the rigged games and ridiculous prizes. Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig have rather flat bits as park managers. Brennan meets Em, Adventureland’s â€œgirl with issues,â€ and is smitten. What follows is a carnie love triangle: a rollercoaster of false starts and bad choices. Adventureland begins a comedy and ends a love story. Humor and romance collide like bumper cars, making this sideshow worth gawking at.
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