Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…
Everyone gets old. Not everyone grows up.
A divorced writer from the Midwest returns to her hometown to reconnect with an old flame, who's now married with a family.
Every now and again you get a character in a film with a cringe-factor that you cannot help but dislike. Jason Reitman made Charlize Theron just that sort of character in this rather uncomfortable comedy/drama that has so many of those moments when you stifle laughter at the most inappropriate outbursts or scenarios. It's cynical on the outside, maybe just a little too honest, but harbors a truly messed-up central character about as damaged and deluded as they come.
Charlize Theron is a beautiful woman, but there are times in this film where they really do try their best to make her as ugly on the outside as she is on the inside. That didn't quite come out right, it's…
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Strong Performances - Charlize Theron
Review In A Nutshell:
Young Adult was like a breath of fresh air when I saw it for the first time. It took themes that have been recycled repeatedly, and sucker punch the audience with its final act. I distinctively remember jumping out of my seat when I first viewed the film's final 20 minutes as it came at me with such force that even after the film was over, I was still dwelling on how amazingly wicked and shocking it was. Young Adult isn't a film that would appeal to everyone, but if one sees it at the right place and time, then no question that one would label this film…
Well this really is the End of Days because I just enjoyed a film penned by Diablo Cody. I never thought it possible after her first two horribly self-aware and smug movies. There are hints of this here too but it works far better when you aren’t supposed to like the character at the centre of the story.
Charlize Theron is sensational as the woman who, despite leaving her small hometown for the big city, has never really been able to leave it. Via her job as a Young Adult writer she has become stuck in the world of high school, a world where she had everything and is still living vicariously through her characters. She is a brilliant, horrific…
Been intrigued to watch this for a while and it did not disappoint, I love the cynicism and the dark comedy and Charlize Theron's ferociously humorous and great performance that manages to make her likable despite the fact the character shes playing is kind of horrible. Theron is perfect for that tricky task. I like how the film builds a character study of her quite abhorrent character Mavis, the high school "It girl" is someone we don't usually follow for the full course of a film. Its intriguing to create a three dimensional comic antihero who in every scene makes you grimace and cringe at what she says and believes.
This film felt so amazingly awkward as you realize straight…
It's become 'a thing' to slag Diablo Cody of late, to the extent that Bobcat Goldthwaite's God Bless America included a brace of jokes aimed at Cody and her first screenwriting success Juno. It's hard not to see this as anything other than sexism, as Tarantino rarely gets this level of shit for writing hip stylised dialogue, and it's rare to hear any jokes about Juno director Jason Reitman. Young Adult should go some way to countering some of this criticism, dispensing with 'yoof' vernacular.
The film features an astonishing central performance from Charlize Theron as a self centred, borderline alcoholic, writer who goes back to her hometown with the express intention of wrecking her former high school boyfriend's marriage. The character is barely redeemable.
This is a filmI largely watched through my fingers, such is the level of mortifying embarrassment on display. It's a back hearted drama that is quite compatible to Todd Solondz at his most misanthropic.
Young Adult plays out as more of a drama than a comedy, but does so very well. Directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody, Charlize Theron plays Mavis; a woman in crisis. While living alone in an inner-city apartment, Mavis is a failing author of fiction aimed at young adults. Her once-popular book series is dying and while also suffering a divorce, she soon turns to alcohol, sending herself into manic depression.
Charlize Theron's performance as this obviously mentally ill, middle-aged woman going through a breakdown is absolutely fantastic. There isn't a minute when she's on screen that her character isn't believable. She proves to us the power that facial expression can have on emotional expression.
This film is raw, honest and at times excruciating. Backed up strong performances from Patton Oswalt and Patrick Wilson, Young Adult is one of those rarely appealing "feel-bad" movies.
The filmmakers should pay me for stealing my story! Watched it again and loved it even more this time around.
I have a strange relationship with Reitman's films.
On the one hand I love his characters, I enjoy their relationships and the conflict that his films indulge themselves in.
But when I look back at his films, specifically Young Adult, I feel not only completely alienated as a 25 year old male, but also leave feeling unfulfilled as if all the nuances and touching moments between his characters are a blip in the disappointed cough that is the overall film.
Give Reitman the chance to make a COFFEE & CIGARETTES style film and I'm sure I'd love it.
"Love conquers all. Have you not watched "The Graduate"?
Mavis is usually the kind of character that's designed to be an antagonist. She is conceited, self-serving, bitchy, and delusional. It's almost as if she's made to be disliked. And Jason Reitman did something remarkable here with Mavis. She is able to instill a sense of pity and understanding in the audience. Not necessarily likable, but ultimately human.
Young Adult is a coming of age story, but it doesn't really follow the genre's formula. Sure, she goes on a journey and learns a lesson about herself and the world she lives in. And while that lesson is essentially about moving forward, it also manages to boost the selfishness and sense of…
What I like about this is that it's so simple but it's just...well, it kinda hits you.
5/10: Do not expect a comedy, you will be disappointed. Expect something real. Be warned - it's dark, depressing and uncomfortable. Wonderful performance by Charlize Theron.
Uncomfortable and creepy on a level that's a little too familiar.
I expected more, but it wasn't a complete waste of time either.
Quirky. Brilliant. Comedy/Drama
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- Army of Shadows
- Boudu Saved from Drowning
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)
- Men, Women & Children
- The Bling Ring
- The Poughkeepsie Tapes
- Magic Magic
Films that I find to be (either only a bit or way too) lowly rated on Letterboxd; these are just…