Sunday, July 4, 2010

"Adventureland" and "Diggers"

I'm a sucker for independently produced coming of age stories and over the past few months I've seen two that I want to recommend. The first is a film starring Jesse Eisenberg, Ryan Reynolds and Kristen Stewart called Adventureland.

James Brennan is a recent college graduate who has planned to spend the summer in Europe with a friend, but his father is demoted, and his plans quickly evaporate. Instead he finds himself working a summer job at an amusement park. It is a dead end, but he finds something there that he didn't at college; a view of the future and the world.

It was directed by Greg Mottola, of Superbad fame, but it isn't the same type of film. The humor is more muted and the story is, while admittedly just a bit self-indulgent, more intact and interesting. And it's essentially a carny movie. How can you go wrong?

Click Here to visit Adventureland's IMDB page. 

The second film is a Paul Rudd vehicle titled Diggers. It is different than Adventureland. Its focus is on a group of friends approaching middle age in the late-1970s. Their world is changing, as it always does, and each friend has to find a new way to live. It is a comedy, dark at times, that made me laugh and think at the same time. There are also a few poignant moments about life, love and escaping the shadow of not only your own past, but also that of your parents and family.

Diggers was directed by Katherine Dieckmann and written by Dan Marino. It stars Paul Rudd, an actor who has grown on me since I was first underwhelmed by him in his Friends role, Ron Eldard, Maura Tierney, and Dan Marino. It was released in 2006.

Click Here to visit Digger's IMDB page.

These are both films that, if you like this type of story, you will enjoy. They are both definitely worth a look.

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