Film Review: Adventureland

Posted on by 5WC in Film

If there was one genre that would, should and could be described as turbulent in it’s ability to swing wildly from the sublime to the ridiculous it has without doubt to be the “teen rom-com” . With the simple formula of: boy meets girl, falls in love, makes a fool of himself before some grand gesture wins her over and they kiss, soaked in the light of a sky full of stars, all you have to do is pick a setting for this repetitive tale to take place: usually a high school, occasionally a band camp, or if you’re really wanting to push the boat, a theme park and you should be on to a winner.

And with a name like Adventureland it’s not hard to guess where Greg Mottola chose for his attempt to cash in on the post puberty flirtation genre. And bring to the project a filmography that sandwiches our rollercoaster ride between Superbad and Paul, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Adventureland should be a fairly safe bet. That he knew what he was doing. Read more