One of the great things about being sick is getting your temperature taken analy.
Wait, that’s not right. Let me try that again.
One of the great things about being sick is that you get to stay home from work and watch a lot of movies from Netflix.
Out of everything I watched yesterday in my fever-induced haze, the one that impressed me the most was Adventureland.
The problem is, I’m not sure if it was REALLY a good movie, or if I’m just extremely bias towards it.
A bit of explanation.
Adventureland is the story of a young man, just finishing high school in the Summer of 1987, who is forced to take a shitty Summer job at a local amusement park in order to make enough cash to follow his dream of living in Manhattan. It is basically a coming-of-age story that follows this young man as he finds everything from his first love, to his place in the world, and his future.
In the movie, Adventureland is a fictional park located in the suburbs outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
But the ACTUAL park that writer Greg Matola REALLY worked at in the summer of 87 is right here on Long Island (edit: fixed the link!). It’s actually about 3 miles from where I’m sitting right now. You may even remember hearing me talking about it a few times before.
It’s the place where I got to first base with Long Island Lolita Amy Fisher, for starters.
Anyway, Adventureland has been a Long Island attraction for decades. As a misguided teen, I spent MANY wayward nights hanging out at that park.
A few of those wayward nights just happened to have taken place in the Summer of 1987.
It’s no surprise that this movie really struck a chord with me. From the sets, to the way everyone dressed, to the aimless, trying-to-find-themselves attitudes of the kids all stuck working there that Summer, the film just really resonated with me, and paralleled how I felt about life and my future during that lazy Summer.
You may remember hearing about the movie when it premiered last Summer, but more than likely, you didn’t. The movie pretty much tanked financially. I think it was mostly because it was billed as “From the Writer of Superbad”, and it wasn’t that type of movie AT ALL. It wasn’t an outrageous comedy. It was a subtle one. One that has stayed with me since yesterday, refusing to let me stop thinking about it.
Everyone in this movie was spectacular. From Jesse Eisenberg, who has impressed me since his star turn in Zombieland, to Ryan Reynolds, to some very funny supporting roles by SNL alums Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader as the park owners, everything about this film worked for me.
And no one surprised me more than Kristen Stewart, of Twilight fame. She was absolutely REAL in this movie, and I loved her in it. I may just have to finally watch those Twilight movies after all, now.
Ok, that’s enough rambling about a movie that most of you haven’t seen, and probably never will.
I just wanted you all to know that this film grabbed me and threw me into a time machine and sent me back to a part of my life that I really wasn’t prepared to visit again. And it did it very well. While watching it, I felt that if I looked VERY hard, I might be able to spot an 18 year-old Slyde, in the background, playing one of the carnival games trying to win a prize for my girlfriend, while wondering just what the Hell I was going to do with my life.
I can’t ask much more than that from something that took up 90 minutes of my day.
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