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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
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.
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 & Crew
Mary Beth Hurt
DVD and Blu-ray
3 Feb 2012
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