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

-Nad attack!

-Frigo, Frigo! Hey, get off of me.

-Brennan, come here.

-Frigo, stop. Okay.

There's the lawn mower, lawn mower,

lawn mower!



Oh, Brennan!

Right here, sir! Right here, sir!

Have a funtastic time!

I don't have much work experience,

per se, but...

I'm sorry.

Paulette? Come in, Paulette? Bobby?


-Paulette, come in, Paulette?


-You just... You gotta press it.

-Oh, they're gone.


This is James,

and he's applying for a games job.

Games! Oh, great, good.

Let's get you set up.

Actually, Bobby, I'd prefer a rides job,

if it's still open.

You look more like a games guy,

plus I've already got out

the games application, so... All right?

Okay. Yeah, no. I just...

My name is Bobby.

Okay, rules. No freebies,

no free turns for your friends,

-no free upgrades, no free food.

-So, just nothing is free here.

Everybody has to pay for everything.

And more importantly,

working in games,

no one ever wins a giant-ass panda.

Yeah, we don't have that many left.

Cool? Can you hand me

a T-shirt, please?

Here, I have a resume. I don't know

if you still want to take a look at it.

James? Am I pronouncing that right?

-James? James?


Okay, by accepting this T-shirt,

you are...


Well, usually I...

-More of a ceremonial thing, the T-shirt.


Okay, new guy, let's get this over with.

Here we are

at the first of many shitty games.

This one is inexplicably

called The Flighing Dutchman.

Even more inexplicable

is how they decided to spell it.

Hey, Jerry.

$1 buys 5 rings.

If one of the rings lands

on one of the red bottles,

they win a giant-ass panda.

-That is a giant-ass panda.

-Yeah, it's the best prize in the park.

And that's because this game

is un-winnable.

Observe. I'll drop a ring

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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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