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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
Charlize Theron was good, her sidekick reminded me of Wallace Shawn so that was good, and I couldn't place Theron's flame's wife, so that kept my mind working a bit, which was good. As for the rest, 100% pure self-indulgent clap trap about a character who feels entitled to everything in her small town because she left it and went to the big city. Yawn. I could swear there were times in this film where I could hear Cody typing out the lines I was hearing. It's not like the film was terrible; it was just nothing. It felt like I had tuned into an unfamiliar soap opera for over an hour and when it was done there was nothing to think about, nothing to remember, and nothing to like. They say writers should stick to what they know. Diablo Cody has to read more or live more before she writes again.
I feel like I’ve never really noticed Charlize Theron until now, but gosh dang has she got some chops. It’s an incredibly poignant, oftentimes funny film that’s anchored by a tremendous and heartbreaking performance by Theron and elevated by a bittersweet turn from Patton Oswalt. Despite the potentially depressing subject matter, there’s some genuinely uplifting stuff about letting go of certain elements of the past.
Great actors and a well-written script/story. I felt bad for Matt, though. :(
Oh and Charlize Theron is/was a ("psychotic prom) queen (bitch").
Considering the pessimistic tone of the film and how heinous Charlize Theron's character is, I should have hated Young Adult. And yet, somehow, I really enjoyed it. Go figure.
Thumbs Up: Charlize Theron a standout in a great character, intriguing premise, neat and tidy direction from Reitman, Patrick Wilson and Patton Oswalt also solid, occasional funnies.
Thumbs Down: Plays out a little too predictably, the ending makes the film's message unclear.
With this film’s pedigree, you’d think we’d be in for something special. Not only does this film star Charlize Theron, but it’s directed by Jason Reitman and the script is by Juno writer Diablo Cody. Put it all together and… you’ve got a real stinker! Wow!
Cody writes Theron a terrible part to play. A vapid girl who used to be something back in high school. Of course she couldn’t wait to leave small town USA, and somehow made it in the big city (well, Minneapolis, but we’re splitting hairs) as a ghostwriter of teen fiction. When we meet her we see by the state of her surroundings (her apartment is a mess) that vapid’s life is coming apart at…
As it is the same team behind Juno, it felt like they tried hard to repeat the trick, but I feel this is the same formula with a witty and quite fun script but it lacks the charm which made Juno so great. Also one of my biggest hang ups with this one was that, while Theron is great as per usual, the lead character is just so unlikeable.
Alcoholic, has-been writer of young adult novels who is stuck in the past called high school. Yeah. That's pretty much it.
Me tocó un poco las narices encontrarme lo mismo que en "Juno", lo mismo que en "Up in the air", lo mismo que en "Gracias por fumar"... El mismo tonito de los huevos que a algunos aún les sirve pero que a mí me empieza a cansar. Para más inri, es mucho peor que las anteriores de Reitman y el personaje de ella, aunque bien interpretado, es odioso.
Read my DCist review.
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- Christiane F.
My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014).
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I have this weird fetish for movies about writers. I love all of them, good or bad.
Please help me…