An amusement park, food on a stick, summer love and a smart coming of age story – skip the Hollywood blockbusters and watch a great independent film to celebrate America’s 237th birthday!
Thanks to Indiewire’s review of The Way, Way Back for recommending Adventureland.
If there’s one positive result from distributor Fox Searchlight’s decision at the Sundance Film Festival to pay nearly $10 million for The Way, Way Back, it should be this: It will remind people about Adventureland, a far superior movie about an awkward, frustrated teen spending his summer working at an amusement park.
- James is accused of being high on the job then gets in a fight with a customer who realizes a game is rigged. In this scene: James (Jesse Eisenberg), Bobby (Bill Hader), Paulette (Kristen Wiig), Joel (Martin Starr), Em (Kristen Stewart)
- James inadvertently lands a date with Lisa P.; while also getting sound advice from Mike regarding his current love life. In this scene: Lisa P. (Margarita Levieva), James (Jesse Eisenberg), Pete (Dan Bittner), Mike (Ryan Reynolds)
- A nighttime swim with Em leaves James stuck between a rock and a hard place. In this scene: Em (Kristen Stewart), James (Jesse Eisenberg), Frigo (Matt Bush), Joel (Martin Starr)
- James returns to Adventureland to pick up his last paycheck and runs into a familiar face. In this scene: James (Jesse Eisenberg), Bobby (Bill Hader), Paulette (Kristen Wiig), Mike (Ryan Reynolds)