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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
Not Every Concession Is a Loss
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flw From: flw Date: April 13th, 2009 08:54 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That was the amusement park where I went every summer growing up. And the neighborhood where his parents lived was where I grew up. Adventureland has a special place in my life... It was the least funny movie that was advertised as a comedy that I've ever seen and still really liked.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 13th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I did laugh a lot at a few scenes, but thought it was a stretch to call it a comedy. What's that park called in real life? It reminded me of Allentown's Dorney Park, which, given my Lehigh Valley origins, was where I went to the amusement park as a kid.
flw From: flw Date: April 13th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The park in the movie was "Kennywood". The park had a character named "Kenny Kangaroo"... meaning some poor kid has to dress up as a kangaroo (in an Uncle Sam tophat) in the height of Pittsburgh's muggiest summers. It was a typical park built to lure people onto a long rail lines, probably just like Dorney Park. Pittsburgh used to have a dozen places like it. They've all been whittled away.

Actually, the closing of all the alternatives to Kennywood was one of my childhood clues that the economy was built on pure bullshit.
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