Jessie Eisenberg (of “The Social Network” fame) and Kristen Stewart (of the “Twilight” saga) were in a really great movie together that drew much less attention than their marquee roles: “Adventureland”.
“Adventureland” is a nostalgic look at that summer job that most of us had… this particular job was working at a theme park. Of course, it could have been working at a movie theater, or a putt-putt golf course… the common elements are: a nerdy boss, a cute co-worker, and an otherwise boring job made exciting by said co-worker.
I really liked this movie for several reasons:
One, of course, was the sense of nostalgia that it brought on. “Adventureland” is a coming-of-age movie that pays tribute to most of coming-of-age themes – teenage angst, misunderstanding parents, nerdy bosses, and the competitive nature of the teenage years.
But, “Adventureland” develops other themes.
The second reason I liked “Adventureland” – the onstage charisma and connection of Jessie Eisenberg’s character and Kristen Stewart’s character. Both of these teenagers are flawed, both are looking for something else, and, both find it, more or less, in friendship with the other.
Coming-of-age movies generally lack this chemistry; and, the genuine human quality of “Adventureland”.
Finally, “Adventureland” is funny. The movie is not riotous, and, doesn’t subscribe to the present criteria of having to be grosser than the previous coming-of-age movie. Instead, the comedy is refined… smarter… wittier.
Kristen Stewart brings the same “lost puppy” sexiness to her part in “Adventureland” that she has patented in the “Twilight” saga series.
She has a great screen presence… For most men, there is nothing more attractive than an out-of-place, deer-in-the-headlights look from an already attractive girl.
Kristen Stewart has cornered the market on that look for the past five years or so. (throughout the “Twilight” series… and Adventureland.)
Jessie Eisenberg plays a sincere, likable guy in Adventureland; unlike the cunning, rather unlikable presentation of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg in “The Social Network”.
In “Adventureland”, Jessie Eisenberg reminds me of Jason Biggs in “American Pie”. He’s just that average guy that you can see in yourself… and he’s the guy you hope gets the girl.
“Adventureland” was not a box-office success – especially for Kristen Stewart, who counts her “Twilight” audiences in the hundreds of millions. But, “Adventureland” is a great coming of age movie worthy of your viewing.