The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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.
Somewhat darker and more dramatic than I anticipated, Young Adult was a very pleasant surprise and has definitely earned a second viewing. Charlize Theron (snubbed for an Oscar nomination, though I believe she may have deserved it) does an incredible job playing the thoroughly unlikeable Mavis Gary, a shallow former prom queen who returns to her hicksville hometown of Mercury in order to try and win back her old flame, undeterred by his married-with-newborn-child status. There are many dark laughs, and more than a few relatable moments for anyone who has indulged in the avoidance of ‘growing up’ (isn't that all of us?), but the real genius of this film is that for all the terrible things Mavis says and…
Mean-spirited and a little sour to absorb, "Young Adult" is a funny but brutally striking black comedy/character study that dares not to please in picturing a dimensional exploration of its central character with plodding and antagonistic nature. Charlize Theron was excellent in bringing this crucial role into life.
just so we're clear and for future reference: this is the perfect depressed and getting drunk movie
Charlize Theron is excellent in this and Patton Oswalt is great in his supporting role. Reitman is impressing me more and more.
Funny, sad, awkward and surprising, with an incredible performance by Charlize Theron.
"Young Adult" almost works on the strength of Charlize Theron's performance alone, but in the end the film's writing is a little too weak for me to wholeheartedly recommend the film.
Theron plays a burned out writer who returns to her hometown with all sorts of chips on her shoulder and proceeds to make a complete ass of herself with her ex-boyfriend, ex-friends, etc. The play-by-play flame-out of this extremely unlikable character is uncomfortable to watch, but Theron is skilled enough to make us care a lot about what happens to this woman even as we abhor her actions. The whole film is really a rather refreshing joke on an audience that has become used to stories like these ending…
One of the best depictions of a narcissist I've seen, Young Adult is dragged into oblivion by a staggering performance on Charlize Theron's part. This is undoubtedly her movie, and she towers over everything in it like a distorted and monstrous reality TV star, alternately sneering and gulping whiskey like it's water. She's Mavis Gary, who was popular in high school and now writes a YA series of high school hierarchy books wherein she gets to relive her glory days. When her old boyfriend, Buddy (Patrick Wilson, such a great and eclectic film career he's building) sends her an announcement for his newborn baby, she decides she's going to go back to Mercury, Minnesota, where she is convinced he'll fall…
Patrick Wilson looks like Chris Pratt.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Post-Juno. Post-Diablo Cody.
Alguien le preguntó a Diablo que por que tenía tanta fascinación por las historias adolescentes. A Diablo le marcó la pregunta, tanto que hizo un guion medio meta acerca de una cuasi-cuarentona escritora que, en efecto, está "pegada" a los años colegiales.
Young Adult funciona en poca medida por la premisa de Cody, que si bien no tiene una gran resolución y en su supuesto paso al crecimiento, reitera horriblemente los vicios del personaje principal, dejándola en bastantes aspectos en el mismo lugar en el que inició, logra efectivamente cerrar un relato interesante. La dirección de Reitman no aporta mayor cosa mas que a dejar que Charlize Theron logre algo bastante difícil: Sin prótesis faciales o "afeamientos" en su físico, ser una mujer bastante patética y rechazable.
Suena increíblemente superficial, pero es exactamente lo que su personaje quiere dejar en evidencia. Y el lograrlo tan fácilmente, habla de las grandísimas capacidades histriónicas de Theron.
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