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.
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…
Containing a sharp script from Diablo Cody, a compelling central performance from Charlize Theron, and solid direction from Jason Reitman, "Young Adult" is a dense and humane character study that deals with the harsh honesty of adulthood and coming to terms with your own past mistakes. Even with it's odd mixture of tones and some plot points not adding up, the film is still crafted well enough to keep it's story flowing. P.S. : This is WAY better than the overly-praised and grossly overrated "Juno", the previous Cody/Reitman outting.
"Have you not seen the Graduate? Or like anything?"
Here is a main character (Charlize Theron) who is stuck in a perpetual state of young adulthood. She's one of those for who we left out the long heralded cry of, "Oh how the mighty have fallen." In high school, she could be best be described as one of the popular girls. But high school was back in the 1990s and now she continues to live out her memories vicariously as an author of young adult fiction.
And her life is pretty abysmal. She goes back to her hotel room to watch the latest television programs and pay very little attention to her dog. She makes her intentions very clear on…
Ha ha. This isn't funny.
If this is the best that Reitman and Cody have in them -- and the consensus seems to be that this is their collective and individual masterpiece(s) -- then they can both go fuck themselves.
An undeniably brave bit of film-making, if a little let down by the one-note banality of its main character. Certainly, there's a ton of merit to following the story of a despicable protagonist, but just as an squeaky-clean do-gooder can get a little dull when given 90 minutes of intense focus, the borderline-irredeemable can get tiring when they're not held up by a more engaging plot or secondary cast. The movie is called "Young Adult" and it's about an alcoholic 40-year-old - despite the remaining 90 minutes after that set-up, you kinda know what this is. And certainly, Theron Fink could get away with being so dang mundane if they were at least going for some kind of reality, but everyone sorta whiffs of caricature or archetype like a one-scene character in an Apatow flick. Enjoyable, but sadly they didn't quite hit their marks for me.
This movie is so real, it is just sad.
The true brilliance presented in this movie is in its setting.
The movie setting (environment) is meant for pure teen drama/comedy flick, YET the characters are full grownup adults who acts immaturely throughout the movie.
Think about it this way: this movie is the comedy version of "Little Children" with almost the same theme.
Kudos Jason Right-man, Kudos indeed.
I won't trust you if you prefer JUNO to YOUNG ADULT.
"It's really difficult for me to be happy. And then for other people it just seems so simple. I know. They just grow up and they're so fulfilled."
The writing! The writing!
Awkward. Honest. Brilliant. Sad. Pathetic. Refreshing. Stepping away from Hollywood perfection and happily fulfilled endings! You get my vote.
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