Mr. Movie

Angst angle in 'Adventureland' lacks appeal

Set in the 1980s, Advertureland casts Jesse Eisenberg as James Brennan who was supposed to get trip to Europe as a graduation present.

Dad gets downsized and instead of the trip, he goes to work at Adventureland. There you meet the usual mix of young adults trying to fit into the world -- the geek, the intellectual, the goddess, party animals and the quiet, introspective, secretive love interest for the awkward geek.

A riveting performance in The Squid and the Whale demonstrated that Eisenberg is a very good actor and he’s good here. But do all movies around this theme have to have the same character? He’s interchangeable with every other angst-driven finding your way in the universe film kid. So are his co-stars except for Martin Starr whose deep intellectual provocations provide the only character in the film that is compelling.

Even more puzzling is Adventureland’s target. Though it stars teen hottie Kristen Stewart (Twilight), it has no teen appeal and those who were teenagers in the 1980s will only enjoy chunks of the film.

Mr. Movie rating: 3 stars.

Rated R for mature themes, language, drugs. It opens April 3 at Regal’s Columbia Mall 8 and at the Fairchild 12.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.