Viewed – 27 March 2010 Blu-ray
With the advent of the Twilight saga, Kristen Stewart has quickly become a household name and one of the more interesting rising stars. This amiable teen comedy-drama follows a college graduate (Jesse Eisenberg) who is forced to take a dead-end job at a local amusement park to pay for his University scholarship, and there he meets a bunch of likable co-workers who learn him the true meaning of life … mostly by falling for a girl, and learning some hard lessons along the way.
This charming movie is held together by some quality acting, especially from Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart as the troubled girl whose life is more complicated that Eisenberg first realises. Ryan Reynolds is on hand as a cool maintenance engineer come rock musician who gets all the ladies attentions, and along with some comic turns from various other characters – this is very entertaining. I had trouble deciding whether this was trying to be a full on comedy or a meaningful drama, and the movie as a whole sat uneasily between the two, and how things unfold isn’t particularly fresh or original, but the performances alone keep this from turning predictable. It dabbles in some mature themes as far as sex & relationships go, and it’s put together very realistically, capped off with an excellent 80’s soundtrack.
A worthy evenings viewing by anyones standards.
Verdict: 4 /5