Greg Mottola Goes From Superbad to Adventureland


I keep feeling like Peter from Slashfilm and I have the same taste in movies. Is it because we shared a bromantic night on the balcony of his hotel room during Comic-Con that we swore we’d never speak of again or mention to a large film website audience? No. It’s because I find myself looking forward to the same films that he is.

This week, we share a similar excitement for the Spring 2009 release of Superbad director Greg Mottola’s Adventureland. Slashfilm was able to get its soft, yet firm, hands on a couple of cool production photos, and the trailer should be hitting screens with Twilight to build on Kristen Stewart’s popularity.

The movie focuses on a college graduate who takes a job at an amusement park, facing the financial reality of his post-grad options and desperately wanting to visit Europe. Apparently, Mottola is going to tone down his raunch for the coming-of-age feel, and he’s chosen a great lead in Jesse Eisenberg who I’ve liked since he appeared in one of my indie favorites, Roger Dodger. Alongside Eisenberg are Bella herself – Kristen Stewart – Ryan Reynolds, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, and Martin Starr.

Not only is any film that Martin Starr is in right up my alley, but Adventureland sounds like it may be the kind of sweet, earnest coming-of-age story that seems tailor-made for my taste. Be sure to check back tomorrow (or soonish) for a full trailer to see if you get the same vibe. For now, check out the images above and below:

What do you think? Would you like to see a little more dramatic version of Superbad with older characters? DIdn’t Martin Starr prove himself to be the best method actor of all time when he appeared as Bill in “Freaks and Geeks?” Is there anything sadder than watching the Coach drink out of that “Bill Mug” after sexing Bill’s mom the night before? The answer, is no.

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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