One film I’ve been looking forward to, or at least keeping a cursory eye on is director Greg Mottola’s followup to Superbad. The dramedy Adventureland stars Kristen Stewart (sure to be a much bigger star after the clusterfuck known as Twilight) and Jesse Eisenberg. It’s set in 1987 and is based upon Mottola’s own experience working in an amusement park.
The film follows James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg), an uptight recent college grad forced to take a minimum wage job at an amusement park when he realizes he can’t afford his dream tour of Europe. Besides Eisenberg and Stewart we can expect to see Ryan Reynolds (still looking for that breakout role), Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig and Martin Starr. Solid cast all around, especially for a comedy/drama.
I never thought I’d live to see the day when the Violent Femmes came to represent quirky, offbeat, indie coming of age movies. No seriously. This is not something to take lightly, especially for someone that is a huge fan of the Femmes.
Watch the trailer now in High Defintiion on MySpace. Adventureland is now set for a Spring 2009 (possibly March 27th?) release.