Young Adult

  • 15
  • Jason Reitman (2011)
  • US
  • 93 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Immature teen-fiction author Mavis (Charlize Theron) returns to her Minnesota home town, intent on luring away her now happily married high-school boyfriend (Patrick Wilson), in this caustic and self-consciously quirky satire that reunites director Jason Reitman with Juno writer Diablo Cody. There are daringly no redeeming qualities to Theron's odious former prom queen. Instead, razor-sharp put-downs and Theron's fearlessly unrestrained performance provide car-crash entertainment as, back on her old stomping ground, the delusional Mavis's barely hidden neuroses come spewing out in a barrage of amusingly monstrous banter. If this unrepentant nastiness gives the narrative bite, its heart is provided by Mavis's crippled ex-classmate and sardonic voice-of-reason Matt (a scene-stealing Patton Oswalt). In showing Mavis a warmth and kindness she really doesn't deserve, the heroic misfit personifies the story's underlying moral message and adds emotional depth to an otherwise slight affair.

Plot Summary

A selfish teenager grows up to be an alcoholic failed writer. When she learns her high-school sweetheart's wife has just had a baby, she refuses to believe he can be happy without her, and returns to her home town to steal him away from his happy family, finding an unlikely ally in a classmate whose adolescence she made a misery. Comedy, starring Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson and Patton Oswalt.

Cast and crew

Cast

Mavis Gary
Charlize Theron
Matt Freehauf
Patton Oswalt
Buddy Slade
Patrick Wilson
Beth Slade
Elizabeth Reaser
Hedda Gary
Jill Eikenberry
David Gary
Richard Bekins
Sandra Freehauf
Collette Wolfe
Jan
Mary Beth Hurt

Crew

Director
Jason Reitman

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Paramount
Guidance: 
Swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 3 Feb 2012
Certificate 15
Categories
Comedy

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