Eisenberg delivers the sweet and nerdy virgin character perfectly, without falling into the easy trap of overdoing it, but the surprise of the movie for me was a certain leading lady. Prior to watching this movie, my knowledge of Kristen Stewart (referred to by Twi-hard obsessives as 'K-Stew') was limited to the constant huffing, sulking and brooding displayed as Bella in Twilight. However, as Em, she shows actual acting talent - although still demonstrating the teenage awkwardness seen in her Bella character, there is much more depth, and a far fiestier, engaging character than that of her best known role. She manages to deliver the troubled teen in a realistic, honest way. The theme of teenage awkwardness is pivotal to the film - many of James and Em's chats come wrought with sideways looks and fumbing of words, making the couple's developing relationship even sweeter.
The characters of Bobby and Paulette also give a fantastic comical interlude to the main story - the seriousness of the most mundane park organisational conversations are deadpan comedy genius. Visual contrast and feeling can be drawn stylistically to Napoleon Dynamite (Hess, 1994), particularly in the opening credits and park uniform t-shirts, and the character of Joel is reminiscent in mannerisms of the title character of said movie.
If I wanted to be cheesy, you could call Adventureland a 'rollercoaster ride' about being young and finding your own adventure. Enough cheese now, its bedtime...all thats left to say is quite simply, I loved this movie. And someone, please, buy me this.