The 25 Best Summer Vacation Movies

13. Adventureland (2009)

Director: Greg Mottola
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Martin Starr, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig
Vacation destination: Adventureland amusement park

Remember that sinking feeling you had after graduating college, when you knew you'd have to take on the reality of the world beyond research papers? James (Eisenberg) knows the feeling all too well, which is why he decides to disappear on vacation to Europe before confronting the real world.

When his parents pull his funds, he's forced to scrap his Euro trip and spend the summer working at the amusement park Adventureland. A summer movie for anyone whose vacation plans have gone awry, you'll find comfort at spending a short weekend at the Jersey shore rather than passing the days away in Mexico, because hey, at least you're not eating tainted corn dogs and making minimum wage. But then again, you don't have K-Stew to keep you company. Touché, Eisenberg, touché.

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