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.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Greg Mottola
Production: Miramax Films
  1 win & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

Like we always talked about, man.

Living the adventure together.

Quit worrying, Brennan.

That's what the weed is for.

Bill, for God's sakes, pay attention.

All right, I'm just trying to drive.

Here she ever comes now now

She ever comes now now

She ever comes now

Here she ever comes now now

She ever comes now now

She ever comes now

Oh, it looks so good

She's made out of wood

Just look and see

Here she ever comes now now

She ever comes now now

She ever comes now

Here she ever comes now now

She ever comes now now

She ever comes now

Oh, it looks so good

She's made out of wood

Just look and see

I really haven't had that many jobs,

per se,

but here are my academic records

and my extracurricular activities.

I wrote for The Gordian Knot,

it was a literary journal in college.

And in math, I got 770 on the SATs,

so I assume I'd be good

at tabulating checks.

These are the only jobs

you've ever had?

No, no, I also spent several years

taking care of a neighbor's lawn,

the Palmieris.

I have their

letter of recommendation here.

All right. Fill this out.

I'll call you if anything comes up.


No, I've never actually

driven an asphalt mixer, per se,

but I did once drive my friend's van

to Wisconsin

on a pretty lengthy road trip.

Yeah, so... Okay, is there any way

I can take a lesson...

They hung up.

What am I supposed to do?

I'm not even qualified for manual labor.

The only place I know I can get a job

is with Frigo.

What, at Adventureland?

You got a concussion on the

teacup ride there when you were 6.

-You can do better, kiddo.

-No, there's nothing.

I majored in Comparative Literature

and Renaissance Studies.

Unless someone needs help

restoring a fresco, I'm screwed.

Oh, for God's sake, Bill.

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Greg Mottola

Gregory J. "Greg" Mottola (born July 11, 1964) is an American film director, screenwriter, and television director. Mottola wrote and directed the 1996 independent film The Daytrippers, then concentrated for several years on directing in television for series such as Undeclared and Arrested Development. More recently, he has directed the feature films Superbad, Adventureland, and Paul. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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