The Mako Mori test is passed if the movie has a) at least one female character b) who gets her…
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.
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…
Courageous film especially with the ending. Sad portrait of a sad woman. Hits all the right notes and is depressingly realistic. Mad props to Patton Oswalt
Charlize Theron is a goddess but this film was awful and that poor dog deserves a much better owner #prayforDulce
Brutal, uncomfortable, and yet weirdly pleasant. There's a real fascination in watching Mavis at work, even if her motives are contemptible- she's selfish and spoiled but also suffering some legitimate trauma, and also strangely intelligent and dedicated to getting what she thinks she wants. This was the film that made me realize how talented Charlize Theron really is, as she plays a character who turns on a dime; and it's the film that I think validates Diablo Cody as a writer after the excessive post-Juno backlash.
Only because Patrick Wilson.
Funny little movie about sad, sad people.
This movie is a special kind of movie. It starts as a really funny comedy, but ends up seriously depressing. It leaves you thinking "wow, shit just got super real". Plus, it's refreshing to see a movie with a horrible woman as a lead.
It starts well - lots of long silences as Reitman lets the visuals do the talking for our introduction to Mavis - always a good sign. Theron does a great job - her face can say so much with just a few looks that she really brings the fullest to Mavis's character.
The plot, at times, is meandery and slow. You're not really sure where it's going, or if you care, or if it's just retreading what you think you have actually already experienced...but there's some good progression and some well-timed reveals that add up to mean things aren't always what they first seem. The ending and narration might be a little too tidy, but it makes for a nice…
Cody creates in Theron a character so realistic I feel like I've met her. She's pathetic, rude, self-delusional, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Theron's performance drives it all home. Equally as impressive is Oswalt, who's one of the most watchable character actors out there.
at the same time, this movie is a totally cliche and unpredictable. the script is like other many movie. but this final, shake me off. charlize is awesome, the rest (director, script, sound, montage) sound like automatic playing
Movies about/starring women and girls of all ages. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but…
some of my favorites focusing in depth on female characters