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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Strong Performances - Charlize Theron
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…
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…
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…
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…
A good comedy, with an okay storyline but great actors
Probably Reitman and Cody's most vicious film. Theron plays a very compelling and all too believable monster.
Strike two, Diablo Cody.
I am a little surprised to say that I liked this film more on the second viewing. I found the character to be unlikeable and repulsive the first go round, but this time I highly appreciate what Diablo Cody, Charlize Theron and Jason Reitman have done with this character.
Theron plays Mavis Gary, a writer on the decline. She writes YA books that largely take place in high school, and it seems that her mental state is eerily similar - despite leaving her hometown, she is still "in high school", obsessed with what was instead of what is. They could have easily reeled the character back, or even gave her a nice, easy redemptive third act. But instead they subvert…
Countdown to Halloween, 2014
Late realization: this might be my favorite 2011 film, and the best Reitman direction ever. Also salvaged the questions about Cody's writing. While I was dubious at first of Theron headlining a comedy, this time the acting comes full circle as a horror diva. Like a reverse The Twilight Zone-ian riff on small-town rejection, this is a classic bender, fully masquerading as warm farce, but is actually a sci-fi. A
I'm not convinced that the ending was entirely a good thing for the protagonist - who was a pretty terrible person to begin with - but this film was enjoyable to watch in that way that we are sometimes fascinated with messed up people, and because Diablo Cody's script made the character feel just despicable and delusional enough to be true.
this depressed me, mostly
- Miller's Crossing
- Army of Shadows
- Boudu Saved from Drowning
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
- Christiane F.
My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 618-653 are not ordered yet.
- Men, Women & Children
- The Bling Ring
- The Poughkeepsie Tapes
- Magic Magic
Films that I find to be (either only a bit or way too) lowly rated on Letterboxd; these are just…