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Adventureland

Adventureland

Date: May 20 2009

Themes: Romance, Work

Grammar: Verbs with "-ing"

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Amusement parks are great places to visit, as long as you don’t get sick from eating too much cotton candy before getting on a roller coaster. But working at an amusement park would probably be less cool. Especially if it involved cleaning up after all those people who ate too much cotton candy before getting on roller coasters.

Listen to Jason tell Beren why he’s so excited to see Adventureland, a new movie about amusement park employees. (Hint: she has lovely green eyes.)

Dialog

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Beren

Beren

Jason

Jason

Jason:  I can’t wait for the next Twilight movie.

Beren:  Really?

Jason:  Yeah. But in the meantime, the next best thing I’ve got is Adventureland.

Beren:  Adventureland? I’m not sure I’ve heard of this movie Adventureland. What’s it about?

Jason:  Well, Kristen Stewart’s in it, the girl from Twilight, and it’s about an amusement park and a kid who has to get a summer job in 1987. A good year for fashion, by the way.

Beren:  I was gonna ask if there’s a specific reason why it’s set in 1987.

Jason:  I think maybe it was just a decision so that the t-shirts and jeans would look cool. But anyway, it’s set in an amusement park where this kid gets a part time job. And he’s like a genius in college, but he’s really low on the totem pole at the amusement park.

Beren:  That’s a good set up. He has to do all the grunt work.

Jason:  Yeah, exactly. But it ends up being this really rewarding experience for him, ‘cause he falls in love with Kristen Stewart. Just like, you know, the world. And then he has this buddy, Ryan Reynolds plays this guy who’s worked at the amusement park forever.

Beren:  Alright.

Jason:  I don’t know, it just looks like a good coming of age story to me.

 

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Discussion

Jason is excited to see Adventureland because he’s had a crush on Kristen Stewart ever since he saw her in Twilight. He also thinks it sounds like it’ll be a good coming of age story with funny outfits from the 80s.

The main character in Adventureland, Jesse, is a kid who does really well in college but doesn’t have a lot of experience in the real world. At the amusement park where he works, he has to learn from the older employees, even though he’s so smart.

Do you think it would be fun to work at an amusement park? What’s the worst job you ever had?

 

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amam15

amam15

Saudi Arabia

yeah I think that 
my worst job I worked at supermarket it was the worst job …... 

04:27 PM Aug 05 2011 |

osa5ma

Bahrain

what can I say?

 

04:05 AM Mar 14 2011 |

emy_0000

Egypt

thank u

03:28 PM Jul 21 2010 |

zoebaby

zoebaby

China

another nice movie, i gonna catch it later,,,,and i like kristen stewarts…too

08:38 PM May 25 2009 |

bahaman

Bahamas

excellent

10:01 AM May 25 2009 |

madanpaliwal

India

It`s moyivational type…........

04:59 AM May 25 2009 |

ciberd7

ciberd7

Brazil

I think it´d be fun to work at an amusement park, but I wouldn´t work there forever, because I got dreams to accomplish. Working at a place you have to entretain people is a grunt work coz you see people having fun but you must do your duties and it hurts.

I´ve worked as teacher and I hated having to teach Math to teens, it´s a grunt work I wanna let behind!

08:03 AM May 23 2009 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

...In fact,there is no worse job,’cause all job must be respected ;)

04:13 PM May 22 2009 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

Hehe once,when I was kid,I worked as a Christmas card seller,hahaha it was awful!

04:10 PM May 22 2009 |

pizzachuwave

Thailand

we’ve to do grant work
just once in a lifetime
to see the different tastes of life ^^

07:33 PM May 21 2009 |

salvador garcia erazo

Guatemala

probably it would be fun, but also hard to work on an amusement park. Anyway pay day is the most important when you are working,don´t you think?

 

ah! By the way been a salesman it is probably the worst job, asking door by door if you like this or that product.

03:20 PM May 21 2009 |

freewilly87

Germany

I do not think that it is a great job because you are the only wants who dont have fun in comparison with the people who visit the park for there free time

 

My worst job which I ever had was to be a paper boy.Going out no matter how the weather looked like. In addition  you earn not a lot of money

09:46 AM May 21 2009 |

Mira_Memoir

Egypt

I think it's might be fun since I'll get to see all those people throw up LOL but if I'll have to clean after them then not so much fun now!

Twilight is awesome, I can't wait for the next one too :D

12:47 AM May 21 2009 |

tiagon85

Brazil

Oh, My worst work  I got when I was 16 and I had to sell mobile phones from door to door. It was very hard and boring!!

07:39 PM May 20 2009 |

Ca_Brazil

Ca_Brazil

Brazil

I think in the beggining it would be fun, its exciting the  enviromnent, to see the people having fun but in the meantime you realize you are there just to work and you`re supposed to be patient, fast and friendly all the time. The worst work ive ever had it was like car washing, the work was easy to do but the in the end of the i got really exausted. 

04:29 PM May 20 2009 |

PODEROSO BEN

Mexico

Well, I think it could be fun cause you can meet a lot of people, from different places, but do the cleaning would be difficult. let’s see, my worst job was with my family, feeding sheeps and pigs in a farm. wow that was cracy…..............

12:24 PM May 20 2009 |

qq_baby

qq_babySuper Member!

Taiwan

I want to watch this movie.

11:57 AM May 20 2009 |

Radiowagner

Brazil

Work in an amusement park would be fun, but, work in a fast food restaurant can be difficult.

05:00 AM May 20 2009 |

boddi

China

It's so funny to get on a roller coaster,but i think it's pretty good working at an amusement park.you would be happy and exciting as a worker at those park.

01:42 AM May 20 2009 |

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