I'll watch even the worst movie if it contains some amusement/theme park scenes. I have an ever growing collection of movies, TV shows, and footage from the past.
Also, this movie looks great. I loved the opening scene of "Knocked Up", another movie from Judd/Rudd - it features three of my favorite things:
1) Theme parks (Knott's Berry Farm, to be exact)2) Ol' Dirty B@stard (of the Wu-Tang Clan), and3) Weed
The next comment I post might be my last on TPI! TMI?
My favorite movie which is solely about amusement/theme parks is called "Rollercoaster". The movie came out in 1977 and offered "Sensurround" in the theaters. This meant that large PA speakers were set-up in the theater and the sound was much more intense. This aided in a more realistic sensation to the rides shown. This was also before the newer Dolby Digital sound formats.
The movie had quite a few named stars. George Segal, Richard Widmark, Timothy Bottoms, Henry Ford, and Helen Hunt to name a few.
The plot is about a terrorist who is able to blackmail a series of amusement companies by placing home-made radio controlled bombs in amusement parks, and on roller coasters.
For those who haven't seen this movie, I think it's worth checking out. Keep in mind it is based in the 70's, but does have footage of Kings Dominion, and Six Flags Magic Mountain to name a few parks.
I'm not sure if you can rent it on DVD, but I'm sure a VHS may be available. There is always some scene's on youtube also if anyone is interested.
First, I want you to know that if you liked Twilight, you'll like this. But, don't expect Kristen Stewart to be as innocent as she was in Twilight.
The film focuses on a college student who is ready to pursue grad school at Columbia when his parents give him the bad news. That his father has been demoted and received a pay cut. Therefore, they can't afford to pay for him to attend school in NYC.
So, reluctantly he gets a job at a local amusement park working in the games department. It is there were he learns that he really isn't much different than many of the others who work there.
Amid the cheesy music and whacked out employees, James (Jesse Eisenberg) meets and falls in love with Em (Kristen Stewart).
This really is a romantic comedy for the Theme park nut, more so the nuts who work in the parks themselves. As many of the inside jokes are laughed at by mostly park employees.
I give this movie a 4.5 out of 5 stars. If you haven't seen a movie in a long time. Than this is definitely a good one to go see.
My daughter has the entire 'Brady Bunch' series on DVD, and is more excited to go to Kings Island this summer than any other amusement park we will visit. It's amazing how long movie and TV references like that can have promotional power.
Where this film succeeds is with its portrayal of Kennywood. The film is set in 1987, and aside from a few shots of Phantom's Revenge in the background, all of the on location shots are very believable and authentic. There are lots of shots of The Racer, Thunderbolt, and Jack Rabbit. One of the running gags revolves around the park's Musik Express flat ride. In general, I was surprised with the amount of location shooting that made the final print, including a scene that was set in a backstage maintenance area.
Theme park fans, especially those who have been to Kennywood, will enjoy this movie, but as a whole, this film just missed the mark for me as a comedy.
I also wanted to thank those who also posted comments, etc...about the "rollercoaster" movie I spoke about. The updates, etc... were informitive! I only wish to add this thought.....????????????
Imagine......While riding your favorite coaster that you could actually end up dead or truely injured???? Not only does the ride experience thrill you, but add this into the mix and then you truely have a ride to appreciate don't you??? Just a thought, but all riders beware....????
( This is in NO WAY to suggest I'd plant a bomb on ANY coaster, etc....as the 1977 movie Rollercoaster presents!!!)
I only wish to add my scare scense into the equation to see if ANY other might get the same charge out of it???
It was a very predictable "coming of age" style movie that showed Kennywoods Phantoms Revenge, Thunderbolt and Jack Rabbit in glimpses.
It was about family issues, drinking and sexual encounters of an adolescent 21 year old crowd that haven't been to college and all live with their parents.If you are all into that, by all means spend the $11.00 on a ticket.
The best part of this movie was my date.
It's a very "real" movie - somewhat depressing. Don't expect bright lights and happy kids. It's more about true post-colleage angst and living in an economically depressed area. All the conversations seemed very real and not Dawson's Creek/Gossip Girl amped up. It is a good movie worth seeing if you go in with the right expectations.