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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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.
Great character study
Writer Diablo Cody and Director Jason Reitman had a huge hit with "Juno" (2007), a clever and optimistic comedy that delivered its lifestyles comments and lessons through a likeable teenage girl. Their follow up “Young Adult” is a much more corrosive affair, with the story this time around centred on the a mid-30's alcoholic and divorced young woman, who refuses to grow up and is trying to relive and recapture her “glory years” in high school. The film opens with Mavis (Charlize Theron) waking up with a hangover and receiving an e-mail that her high school boyfriend, Buddy (Patrick Wilson) is now married and has had a kid. With her career as a ghost-writer for a “young adult” series of…
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Unexpectedly serious study of a lost soul.
I've always felt that Charlize Theron gave the finest turn by a female actor in Jason Reitman and Diablo Codys' highly intelligent cinematic work. This movie is far more complex and culturally aware than one might expect.
Theron's "Mavis" is so lost in her self-absorption and self-deception that she no longer knows how to interact with the world. Her life seems to be dictated by the limitations of reality TV and her burning need to stay young. A chance to meet up with what she has built up in her head as "her life's great love" reveals itself to nothing more than a meaningless but shattering high school experience.
The entire cast is…
Young Adult is a really funny film with a good concept but some parts it's very flat.
Not as great as the first time I watched it, but Charlize Theron is brilliant and it's still a really nice little film.
"The wedding wasn't a failure; remember the tiramisu?"
Man, Charlize Theron is a real trooper but she battles unsympathetic direction and a script of pervasive flaws. The whole premise and the characters had a lot of promise, but everything is just so heavy handed and even the warmer moments feel completely unearned.
Pues me ha dejado bastante frío, me esperaba mucho más de un guión de Diablo Cody, plantea problemas muy graves y humanos sin aportar ninguna salida, solo nos concede mirar y callar ante algo que no sorprende en absoluto.
By taking the generic formula of most Young Adult novels, then adding more mature elements, mix in some cynicism and a fascinating character, Diablo Cody penned a very enjoyable film.
Unfortunately, I can relate to some aspect of Mavis Gray's life, played by Charlize Theron, such as her disdain for suburban life, a career in writing and annoyance with her hometown. However, I'm barely in my 20s, an actual young adult, and she 37, a not so young adult. I love the scenes when she is driving through town and glaring at the mega-malls and the chain restaurants, which I've been known to do when visit my hometown. Also the climax is filled with a surprise that is unexpected, suddenly…
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