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…
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.
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 seems the perfect actresses for this role in a film that balances drama and dark humor with Theron taking over the film with her self depreciating, flawed character where the audience rides this fine line of hating her and finding her performance one of the best of her career.
The character of Mavis Gary (Theron) does not change overall (traditional storytellers may be angry about the plot not having a real character arc for Mavis), but her interactions with both Patrick Wilson and Patton Oswalt's characters feels believable and captivating.
A decent comedy-drama may better by a great leading lady performance.
My Take: Patton Oswalt's character is flawed, but his interactions with Theron where some of the best of the film and it's always great to see him get work.
Just put this thing in my bio about how I won't give more than 4½ stars to something I haven't seen before, turns out I WAS WRONG.
I'm gonna need to do a Tumblr post with lots and lots of screencaps illustrating how MAVIS GARY IS MY SPIRIT ANIMAL.
Honestly, I just loved this - everything about it - but it needs a rewatch before I can write a proper review.
It has almost become a cliché when discussing high-school reunions to express enthusiasm over getting a chance to catch up with the “popular” crowd just to see how badly their lives have gotten. To get a cursory glimpse at pain in the life of someone that once wielded such social power can be a rejuvenating and validating experience.
Young Adult operates in the same manner, but instead of providing just a brief glimpse into the life of a former high-school “royalty” it probes deep into the life of someone who hasn’t quite let go of her glory days. It presents a portrait of a woman who may be a lot of things, but an adult isn’t one of them.
If I was 30, this would've been like looking into a mirror. Is that bad?
I love this movie but I'm not sure if I could ever watch it again.
Jason Reitman gave us a dark comedy from a screenplay written by Diablo Cody. Reitman and Cody worked together previously on the 2007 film, Juno, but I am not sure that this one will ever reach the status of Juno. Don't get me wrong, Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron as a woman in her 30s who writes young-adult fiction) is an interesting character but her obsession with old high-school love could be quite annoying most of the time.
I could say that I actually liked Young Adult but felt that it was rushed in the second half. Certain themes touched upon but not sufficiently explored - it seemed that some of the events were just random. Not sure, though, if that was the screenplay issue or if it was the director's bad work. Watchable and enjoyable but not something you'll remember in few years. For me, this wasn't a bad movie... but not great one either!
A hilariously depressing (or depressingly hilarious) dark comedy (or sometimes funny drama) in the same vein as Ghost World. I loved this movie.
"Life, here I come."
Well, I liked it a lot better this time. So much so that I actually finished it. Mavis is still a completely unlikable character; self absorbed with an overwhelming sense of entitlement, but this time I felt somewhat sorry for her.
For a director who is so obsessed with “the way we live,” Jason Reitman sure is out of touch with society. All of its other shortcomings aside, Young Adult is offensively pessimistic about millennials; it is a film that can only really be taken seriously by those members of society who feel “above” the rest of us uncouth, uncultured, technology-obsessed boors. This idea manifests itself nearly every time we are with Mavis Gary, the juvenile woman-child who is the protagonist and title character of the film. The film’s attempts at wry jabs at the teens and twenty-somethings of America (typing random letters to appear busy, waking up disgustedly next to last night’s hook-up, etc.) do little than to paint a…
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