Couch Potato’s Adventureland adventures

Adventureland,Jesse Eisenberg,Kristen Stewart

Adventureland is a coming-of-age tale set in an 80s amusement park. That description doesn’t make it sound all that exciting, but I thoroughly enjoyed it because Adventureland sent me on four little adventures:

1. An adventure down memory lane.

The wet feet, the slightly queasy stomach, the bag of tat and packet of crushed crisps for the journey home – who can forget the 1980s amusement park?

2. A Kristen Stewart adventure.

What a journey! How exciting to discover that this actress is so much better than just Bella in Twilight. In Adventureland, she plays Em, a troubled amusement park employee who befriends new recruit college grad James (Jesse Eisenberg). He falls for her, unaware that she is having an affair with a married co-worker.

3.  The long-forgotten 80s music adventure.

Rock Me Amadeus, Dance Hall Days, Obsession, Just Like Heaven: the list goes on. Check out the extensive Adventureland soundtrack here.

4. The ‘amusement park or theme park?’ adventure.

A rather geeky game I confess, but this had me strangely entertained for at least five minutes or so.

A theme park – as its name suggests – connects its attractions with an overriding theme, while an amusement park has rides and games with no connecting theme.

So, what about the following – amusement park or theme park?

Universal Studios, Disneyland, Legoland, Alton Towers, The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter, Hershey Park, Dollywood, Camelot Theme Park(bit of a giveaway this one), Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Flamingo Land, Adventureland…

Fun, isn’t it?


To activate the sound in the trailer: hold your cursor over the screen to reveal the control panel and click on the volume control in the bottom right-hand corner.

Adventureland is showing today 20th August on Sky Movies Premiere at 10.30pm, and at various times throughout the week.