Adventureland – 7.5

The oft-told love tale – at least since Woody Allen came on the scene – of the geeky guy and the gorgeous girl, this time set, amusingly, in an amusement park run by Bill Hader and a bunch of slacker employees. Kristen Stewart should get Oscar consideration for her portrayal of the heartthrob, perfect on the outside, troubled and insecure on the inside – except they don’t consider these kinds of films for Oscars. Ryan Reynolds and Jesse Eisenberg are just as good as the men in her life. And there’s great rock music on the soundtrack. Is that why, one wonders, this timeless story is set in 1987? Maybe it provides an overglow of nostalgia, through which we recognize the sincerity and authenticity of the film.

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