Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Moviefone: Scenes We Love - Adventureland



blog.moviefone: "After a few sweet flirtatious moments, James and Em finally go out for drinks, and they have a short but unforgettable conversation about life, love and, of course, sex.


By this time, we know that Em has been having a fling with Brad (Ryan Reynolds), a married, shallow townie who lives to bed sexy young things in his mom's basement (classy, I know). Em is experienced, sexually speaking, but she also exudes an innocence that she usually keeps hidden around Brad and, well, everyone else. Her friendship with James brings out that innocence more and more as the film goes on; it's part of what's great about their relationship. (Stewart exhibits a natural charm in the role that's light years away form her awkward line readings in the Twilight movies.)


James is a virgin. He's a shy romantic, and after one sip of beer he tells Em that he had his heart broken recently. "I just thought I should ... tell you," he stutters. While he goes on about how his past relationship had "potential," Em stops his flow with one unexpected question: "Was the sex good?" James' delayed and non-specific response: "She was very sexy," changes the course of conversation, and he finally admits that he's never actually had "intercourse, specifically."


I loved this scene when I first saw the film because I could really relate to James and his reasons for staying a virgin for so long. He describes a scenario in which he could have had sex with an ex girlfriend, but the circumstances -- and the girl -- just weren't right. Translation: He wasn't in love with her, and in his own way, he demands more out of a relationship than meaningless sex. I also love this scene because it tells you everything you need to know about James in that moment – he's sensitive, nervous, shy and brutally honest – and Em's reaction hints at the depth and humor we'll see from the character later in the film.


The scene is also special because it takes a character we don't often see at the multiplex and puts him at the center of the movie -- an overly sensitive, socially awkward, introspective guy who, believe it or not, wants to fall in love. It's fun watching Eisenberg playing nervous, sensitive and vulnerable in this scene in light of his 'Social Network' performance. In 'Network,' his Mark Zuckerberg always had to be the smartest guy in the room, and he went after his detractors like a lion after a gazelle. Zuckerberg, like James, was incredibly socially awkward, but he rarely, if ever, exhibited James' best qualities: sincerity and wide-eyed idealism."


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