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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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.
Nice little character drama/comedy from Reitman and Cody.
After her divorce, Young Adult fiction writer Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) decides it would a great idea to return to her hometown in "nowheresville" Minnesota.
Not perhaps a terrible idea, we all like to return to something we know during times of uncertainty and stress. However, Mavis has a plan which involves rekindling her long lost flame with her previous sweetheart, Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson).
The fact that Buddy is very happily married and enjoying his new born infant, is no impediment to her crazy, flawed master plan. Mavis is also teetering perilously close to full blown alcoholic status, which adds another random element to the mix.
To provide the audience with a window into her thinking, the story brings…
Charlize Theron as a delusional monster and Patton Oswalt as the loveable nice-guy are in top form in this wickedly funny and powerful drama.
Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody team up again to great effect as an author returns home to steal her ex away from his happy, family life.
The combination of Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody has worked before with Juno (for the most part), so it makes sense it'd work once again, only with better results.
Charlize Theron plays Mavis, a woman who left her small town for the big city, to be a writer of a Young Adult series of books. Through writing the books, she remains stuck in the past, living out her high-school days through her characters. A time when she was popular, having it all, while being outright unlikable.
Mavis is a fascinating creation, and Theron's performance makes her all the more captivating to watch. Her disdain for her small hometown, while never truly able to leave it, is just one layer to…
Sweet and nice and occasionally a little pleasantly surprising.
Enjoyable, Charlize Theron was great, but didn't like the ending. Seems like it ended with just half a resolution.
Although she has won an Oscar, I believe Charlize Theron is one of the most underrated actors around. I don't think I have ever seen a bad performance in anything she has done. On the contrary, she has been great in every role and this is certainly one of her best. Patton Oswalt plays very well opposite Theron. (Check him out in Big Fan).
Charlize was amazing in this.
The story was good, but the end seemed kind of bland to me. Not the whole ending just the last scenes.
My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)
Films that I find to be (either only a bit or way too) lowly rated on Letterboxd; these are just…