I know it’s surprising, but Judd Apatow didn’t actually direct Superbad; some dude name Greg Mottola did. But now that he’s gotten the Apatow seal of approval (arf, arf – sorry, bad pun), it seems everything’s falling into place. Mottola recently cast Jesse Eisenberg as the lead in his next film, Adventureland, an autobiographical story he wrote about the summer after his college graduation.
Story, set in the summer of 1987, concerns an uptight recent college grad who’s forced to take a minimum-wage job at the local amusement park after realizing he can’t afford his dream European tour. The experience helps him to loosen up a bit as he finds first love, forms new friendships and matures just in time to enter the real world in the fall.
Boo hoo, he had to work at Disneyland. Know where I worked after I graduated college? Starbuck’s. A place from which I later was fired. I was the only barista with a college degree, and as we all know, “barista” means “loser” in Italian. Apparently my manager didn’t think it was as funny as I did to hand women who’d just ordered a pastry their coffee while saying, “Here you go, let me just grab your muffin…”
I think it was the girlish giggling that gave me away.