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.
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 depressing story of a YA author whose book sales are dwindling. After she revisits her hometown after many years away, she tried her best to hook up with her old flame, Buddy, who is now in a new relationship, and also a father.
Theron is superb, and made watching the downward spiral of her character thoroughly enjoyable.
I felt so identified, this is hysterically funny, and I honestly felt a little bit scared with the accuracy it has on my current life (I mean I know I'm mentally ill LOL).
The internal jokes cracked me up! I honestly couldn't stop laughing till the 3rd. act where everything gets really serious (and scary).
What at the beginning was a comedy transformed into an almost youth melodrama/Terror (LOL) and I mean it, everything gets so fucked up and it's just a major mind fuck I literally found myself saying "That's fucking crazy! " while I grabbed my hair with both hands.
These director has such an attention for details, he founds a way to make a perfect combination between…
Charlize Theron is perfect once again, making it easy for us to feel sympathy for a character that is so immature and selfish - thanks also to Diablo Cody, who wrote a smart script and really knows how to blend dark humor and bitterness.
Charlize Theron makes for a very good train wreck.
I can't recommend Charlize Theron too highly in general although she has been in a few notable stinkers. This was almost too good to be an American film.
young fucking adult. one of my favorite movies of 2011.
young adult is about Mavis Gary, who is a YA (young adult in the book world) author with a semi-well-known book series that no one reads now. she comes back to her hometown to relieve her glory days and try to woe her old high school flame, Buddy Slade. along the way she forms a friendship with her old classmate, Matt, who was involved in a hate crime in high school.
Mavis Gary is totally self-absorbed & and a high-class narcissist, which are two characteristics of an unlikeable character. but, an unlikable doesn't mean you can't like them. they just have unlikeable attributes. i noticed some reviews about how unlikable Mavis…
New thoughts on revisit: Really interesting ideas on the narratives we create for ourselves and others, and how they can lead to both denial, delusion and self-loathing. The confrontation at the naming party doesn't work quite as well as everything else, but there's so much good in the rest (particularly the harsh reverse ending) that it's easily forgiven.
Young Adult is a brilliant character study about a very self-destructive person whose life hasn't really gone the way she expected. Jason Reitman and Charlize Theron realise this force of a character wonderfully and the supporting cast is on point with Patton Oswalt giving a fantastically underrated performance. Beautiful yet understated cinematography, a wonderful score and great editing, all with a great script from Diablo Cody at the foundation. It's both uncomfortably funny but also tenderly honest. A great black comedy that manages to go against the usual conventions of this type of story and become a very underrated gem.
A segunda parceria de Jason Reitman com a guionista Diablo Cody, apresenta a fábula de uma mulher perdida no rumo da vida, nunca esquecendo o seu verdadeiro amor, profissionalmente caindo e que mostra-se não ser capaz de sair dos tempos enquanto jovem.
O filho de Ivan Reitman sempre evidenciou ser um realizador de actores muito bom, e nesta comédia dramática de 2011 também não falhou quanto a isso. O desempenho da talentosa Charlize Theron é profundamente convincente, encarnando a alma da personagem de uma forma surpreendente.
E não há intérprete que falhe na sua performance. E esse facto é a grande marca de Jason Reitman (ex: ano passado, em "Men, Women & Children", provou que Adam Sandler é capaz de fazer…
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