Movie Review - 'Adventureland': Attractive Opposites In A Sweet Summer Romance An awkward, brainy guy and the knowing, enigmatic object of his affections grow close during a summer stint at a low-end amusement park. Kenneth Turan says Greg Mottola's Adventurelandlets you see their reciprocal appeal.
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STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

Whatever the economic problems, American movie theaters have not yet had to improvise for a living, as some did during the Great Depression when they bartered for tickets with people who had no money. Hollywood has, however, made the effort of releasing a feel-good summer romance in April. That's a film called "Adventureland." Los Angeles Times and MORNING EDITION film critic Kenneth Turan has a review.

KENNETH TURAN: Unidentified Man #1: Cool.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "ADVENTURELAND")

TURAN: This is not where James expected to spend the summer before graduate school. But his father's financial reverses mandate summer employment, and Adventureland is a place where anyone who can walk or chew gum can get a job.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "ADVENTURELAND")

INSKEEP: James, am I pronouncing that right? James?

JESSE EISENBERG: Unidentified Man #1: Well, usually they - it's more of a ceremonial thing.

TURAN: Filmmaker Mottola had a big success with his previous "Superbad," and it's heartening that he didn't follow it up with "Super-even-badder." He returned instead to "Adventureland," and made it the kind of adventure we could all use more of.

INSKEEP: Kenneth Turan reviews movies for MORNING EDITION and the Los Angeles Times. And we review movies at npr.org.

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