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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…
The reason this gets 4 stars is because of Charlize's stellar acting. Without her performance it would have been a sweet and solid but kind of slow small-town drama, but with her it was transformed into something memorable and heartfelt.
Very human film, and quite witty in parts. I found it a bit slow moving, but it also captured a certain suffocating quality of the mediocrity of life. That kind of tone is actually easily overplayed, or reduced to the absurd, and the merit of this film is that it hit that note just right. Worth watching.
Definitely not Rietmans best by any stretch but still a well made movie, Charlize Theron's character made me depressed. There's no major issues I had with this film, it just didn't interest me as much as I would have liked it to
One of the best depictions of depression ever captured on film and also Jason Reitman's last good movie.
mavis is the anti-hero we need!
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
if anyone ever finds me drinking bourbon that is being made in the garage of some random guy that i went to high school with shoot me dead
i would be HONORED if charlize theron tried to steal my husband
Criminally underrated, the arresting simplicity of this picture serves as a statement of the perfect marriage of talent present: Cody's sharp writing, Reitman's directing and Theron in her best performance. It's really a gamble to make a central character so unlikable, but the bitter mood adopted throughout (even the funniest scenes are ultimately very sad) serves as the canvas for a dour snapshot of part of America nowadays.
It works for me because Theron and Oswalt have great chemistry and because Patrick Wilson, appropriately, has none. It works as well because it's self-aware enough to understand its lead is an unlikable person. And it works for me because its final shot/final line is perfect because there's no-one we lie to more than ourselves.
Charlize Theron's tour-de-force: 5 stars. The scene with Patton Oswalt near the end: unexpected and extremely well executed. Actually, the last 20 minutes of the film are so great that they make Young Adult a memorable film. Definitely want to watch it again soon.
some of my favorites focusing in depth on female characters
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…