Despite the humorous trailers and the "From the director of Superbad" tag, Adventureland is not an Apatow-esque comedy. In fact, Judd Apatow had absolutely nothing to do with this movie. And in many ways, Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig's interludes not withstanding, comedy has very little to do with this movie. While the non-SNL-related situations in Adventureland may at times veer into the realm of comedy, they just as quickly veer out, and get very sad. Not sad as in pathetic -- I mean sad as in depressing. Adventureland is a bleak indie film disguised as a teen sex romp, and while the joke may be on the people who come to the theater looking for a good time, the last laugh may go to people like me, who go in with low expectations and are pleasantly surprised by the movie's depths.
Warning: This review contains spoilers.I think I've figured out J.J. Abrams' recipe for a successful Star Trek reboot:
12 facial tattoos
1 Simon Pegg
1 McCoy impersonator
3 black holes
1 Cloverfield monster
1 green woman in her underwear
Stir vigorously for 126 minutes.