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

God, what a mess

on the ladder of success

Where you take one step

and miss the whole first rung

Dreams unfulfilled graduate unskilled

It beats pickin' cotton

and waitin' to be forgotten

We are the sons of no one

Bastards of young

We are the sons of no one

Bastards of young

The daughters and the sons

Look, I'm going to be paying off

these student loans until, like, 2003.

Hey, you want to get out of here?

-What a rager, huh?

-Yeah. Yeah.

Isn't it weird that all this,

this all happened

at the end of the semester?

You and me.


I don't think I can see you anymore.

You don't... What do you mean?


Women are mercurial, man.

-And you did just start dating last week.

-It was 11 days ago.

You didn't tell her about the Scarlet V,

did you?

-That has nothing to do with it.

-Oh, Christ. Brennan.


-You did! You promised me!

Look, I don't lie to people

who I care about.

Yes, but you could've just left it

out of the narrative. You know?

You don't want "virgin"

to be your signifier.

He takes one semiotics class,

and I'm supposed to...

Here, drink up.

You need to bed down the next lonely,

plain-looking, insecure depressive

who throws herself at you

and get it over with.

Look, I know most people

have low standards.

I guess I'm... I'm different.

Well, you know what,

we'll find you a girl, all right?

-When we're on the Continent.

-Here's to sexually-permissive cultures!

Yes! Focus on Europe.

It's going to be

a transformative experience.

To the graduate.

Yeah, so I researched

some more youth hostels,

and the median cost

is just a little higher than I expected,

about $7.68 more,

multiplied by the 42 days is $322.56.

Bill, do you want to take this?

Excuse me, can you get me

a refill here? That's an old-fashioned.

So with the $368

I have from Grandpa's trust fund,

plus the $900 you guys

are already giving me, thank you,

I do need an additional $279.11.

James, we didn't want

to spoil your graduation,

but your father has been transferred

to a different department.

Really? Is that... Is that bad?

Yes, we're making less,

considerably less.

Because this trip

was my graduation present, so...

Sweetie, I am so sorry about this trip,

but I'm afraid we just can't afford it.

You could still help me

with rent next year, right?

All right, James,

you're not listening to me.

-Here you go, sir.

-There we go. Thank you very much.

Listen, here's to you, kiddo.

Happy graduation.

Wait. What am I going to do

about grad school?

You know,

Columbia's holding a spot for me.

Well, if you end up deciding

that's what you want to do,

then obviously

you're going to have to get a job.

A summer job?

Summer in Pittsburgh.

-That's fucking harsh.

-It's a nightmare.

They don't like people like me

where I'm from.

You know, we're romantics.

I read poetry for pleasure, sometimes.

Hey, yeah, well, you know what,

don't worry about it, all right?

You know, with my dad's connections,

we'll get a great deal on an apartment.

And, hey,

I'll float you for the first few months.



-Thank you so much, Eric.

-Hey, don't worry about it.

What the hell are you doing?

Our parents are right over...

What, them? They're clueless.

F*ck, this is good weed.

Speaking of which,

I just want you to know

that you'll be with me in spirit

this summer.

-Hey, put that away.

-Yeah. Take it.


-Take it.

-Take it!


Look, James,

I know things suck right now, all right?

But look at it this way,

in a few short months,

you'll be with me,

in New York City,

the greatest fucking city in the world!

Rate this script:(4.00 / 1 vote)

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…

All Greg Mottola scripts | Greg Mottola Scripts

FAVORITE (0 fans)

Submitted on August 05, 2018

Discuss this script with the community:



    Translate and read this script in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)


    Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:


    "Adventureland" STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 18 Jan. 2021. <>.

    We need you!

    Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!

    Watch the movie trailer


    The Marketplace:

    Sell your Script !

    Get listed in the most prominent screenplays collection on the web!

    The Studio:

    ScreenWriting Tool

    Write your screenplay and focus on the story with many helpful features.

    Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.