April 11, 2009
Every once in a while a movie will come along that absolutely blindsides you with surprise at its greatness. Usually it?s a film that either transcends its genre or, more likely than not, its marketing. ?Adventureland? is one of the great modern American films. It?s an insightful, poignant multicharacter coming-of-age story hidden ? by its advertising ? inside a teen sex comedy. We first meet James (Jesse Eisenberg) at a party being dumped by his girlfriend (of 10 whole days). James, who is about to graduate from college, is headed home with big plans for a European summer vacation and then off to New York City for graduate school.