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Plot: Mavis Gary, once the high school 'It Girl', now an alcoholic divorcée who writes a soon to be canceled young adult fiction series, makes the decision to return to her childhood home in Minnesota. There she embarks on a plan to win back her former sweetheart, Buddy. The fact that Buddy is now married with a baby doesn't dissuade her. Along the way, she forms a bond with Matt Freehauf, another former classmate, who has been left disabled by a beating he took from a bunch of jocks. Runtime: 94 mins Release Date: 15 Dec 2011
Mavis Gary is unfreakinbelievable! (by Ramascreen)
-- Ramascreen.com --Oscar winning screenwriter Diablo Cody and her script that's covered with today's pop culture and media are back! The lead character Mavis Gary can be imagined as an adult Juno if the world didn't turn the way she'd planned. Cody created a much more cynical, more sarcastic, more devious character. Mavis Gary is unfreakinbelievable and the ever so remarkable Charlize Theron is the perfect actress for this role. In the film, Theron consistently sets her expression on a bitter, resentful mode. She blames the world for her unhappiness but she also thinks the <more>
world is not good enough for her. YOUNG ADULT is one of the funniest, most profound films you'll see this yearÂ… The previous roles that gave Charlize Theron Oscar nods, required her to not look attractive Monster, North Country , so it's great to see Theron in an Oscar worthy role and still looks strikingly beautiful. You can't keep your eyes off of Theron in this movie, and not just because of her 'hotness' but also because her performance has a certain magnetic pull and it seems to me that Mavis is the one thing constant about this story and that is the idea. The film's tagline can't say it better, 'Everyone grows old, not everyone grows up' and so Mavis has to stay Mavis, a person who doesn't want to learn her lessons. Whatever you say to her won't go through her thick skull and when reality check does arrive, another realization will bring her back to Mavis again. To see Mavis self-destructs through the plan that she's so determined to accomplish is the attraction of YOUNG ADULT and Theron fires on all cylinders.By now, everyone is familiar with screenwriter Cody's trademark, she has to always make room for whatever teens and young people consider hip or cool nowadays. She places a character, Mavis Gary, who probably follows Kardashians and Jersey Shore religiously, in a town where everybody else doesn't give two cents about either Kardashians or Jersey Shore and that creates all sorts of hilarity for us the audiences. Cody's comedic timing in her story is impressive, she knows how to turns an explosive confrontation into an awkward situation without taking away the big problem at hand that causes that conflict in the first place. Director Jason Reitman who brought us Juno and Up In The Air has got himself another winner with YOUNG ADULT which I think is this year's perfect blend of comedy and drama. And just like the close up shots in Up In The Air that show you the bags and luggage preparation, YOUNG ADULT would take you to the inner workings of a cassette tapeI think in its core, through YOUNG ADULT, Cody wants to show you how funny it is that people often give you advice when you didn't really ask for it, and it's even funnier when they give you advice that they themselves don't take. There's a scene in which Mavis and Matt, well played by funnyman Patton Oswalt whose dramatic chops are just as sharp, argue about the other person not being able to get over it and move on. Mavis thinks the people in that hometown of hers are dumb for not wanting to get out of that town, when the person who can't seem to move on is actually her. But not until later on when Cody drops a specific bomb that finally lets you in on what it is that makes Mavis so angry all these years, why she always thinks she's been treated unfair, that one confessional moment makes her a victim of life and not the high school b*tch because there's more to her story that you think.-- Ramascreen.com --
Theron is not just a pretty face; shows depth and compassion (by FilmAuthority)
Theron is not just a pretty face; shows depth and compassion, 2 December 2011If you have patience and don't walk out of the theater you will be rewarded with a noteworthy performance.This film really drags through the first 45 minutes. The story line is boring mostly and quite dark. But then our human existence is ofttimes like that. Is it worth spending 45 minutes looking at Charlize Theron who doesn't always look beautiful and is often drunk? Of course its worthwhile! Critics have already forecast that her role may result in a second Oscar for the beautiful South African.If you can <more>
persevere through the first half of the film without walking out, you will be treated to an amazing performance by Theron!In a confrontation with family, friends and ex-boyfriend, a drunk Theron screams her regret and pain for having an abortion 20 years earlier. Angst that she has held inside for 20 years has essentially stunted her emotional growth. It's a masterful job of acting and brings us into the depths of her soul and regret at destroying her unborn son. surprising message from Hollywood that has so long been dominated by progressive/liberal/permissives.The film and my comments may be uncomfortable for some especially those in the industry.it is a rare occasion when Hollywood allows such an accurate yet painful depiction of such a controversial subject. I congratulate and thank the writers, director and producer for putting it all out there. it's about time we started dealing with the truth in these matters and stop the cover-up. Film is from the director and writer combo who brought you Juno, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody. And thank you Charlize for such an intense and realistic performance!
Growing old can be tough for a lot of people. This film gives an intriguing examination of this fact and incorporates it into a fine story. In one of the best films of 2011, Charlize Theron generates well-deserved Oscar Buzz for her believable performance as Mavis Gary, a tween-novel writer who comes to terms with her adulthood. I also must compliment the performance of Patton Oswalt, an underrated actor who succeeds as a disabled man who befriends Mavis. This film's story could have turned out to be another dreadful romantic comedy, but its execution makes it truly special. Every scene <more>
is shot with subtlety and finesse to show off the well-blended comedic and dramatic aspects. As you look at the style of directing, you will notice the true talent of Jason Reitman along with the script-writing genius of Diablo Cody . After seeing this, I am quite interested in checking out Juno. Hopefully, it will be as good as this selection of cinematic gold.
The brilliant actress Charlize Theron turns in a soul sapping performance as she brings home many an adult's convoluted memory of high school. Black comedy? I suppose. But it tends more towards pure drama. We've all seen movies where a writer narrates a film while penning their adventures. What a great twist here though. It's more of a deluded fantasy because the viewer hears an occasional lofty narrative, but what plays out is a weird anti- fairy tale.The main character leaves her phony glamorous life as a young adult book writer due to a miserable existence and heads back to <more>
small town USA where she grew up. She tries to capture the boyfriend of her teens that is now married and has a baby. Great acting all around as the psychological passings of life give you a zing. Alcohol fuels the fire as an old nerdy high school classmate tries to set her straight while living in his own undesirable state. A film about not growing up and being full of yourself. There's an entertaining sadness about it all because it is done so well, unlike the crap that's often in films that drag you through tears. The blu ray is worth it.
A beautiful, funny, and thoughtful drama! (by HorrorCreepshow)
Young Adult is the kind of movie people rarely make and, according to box office receipts, moviegoers rarely go see these days. It's a grown up, adult drama and a fascinating character study of a truly disturbed woman.Charlize Theron one of our most fearless actresses working today brilliantly portrays Mavis, a ghostwriter for a popular series of young adult books who, after hearing news of her ex flame having a baby with his new wife, heads back to her provincial hometown to see what she can do to win him back. Sound like a typical, likable main character thing to do? Absolutely not <more>
and that's what makes Mavis so fascinating. Why is she so obsessed with Buddy, her ex boyfriend, and why is she so hellbent on destroying his marriage? She even gets into a friendship with a disabled former classmate, played by Patton Oswalt, who gives a remarkably sweet and sad performance. Those familiar with Oswalt's stand up acts with be more than a little impressed with the dramatic chops on display. It's total out of the box casting, but that really speaks for the movie as a whole, which is a very out of the box kind of experience. It's not a typical Hollywood film by any stretch of the imagination. It goes places most mainstream movies are afraid to go. I thank Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman for making a movie for grown ups! It seems to have been ignored upon initial release, but mark my works when I say that it will, one day, become a cult classic! It's too good to go on into obscurity.
Yes, story does not bring something new. It deals with common and trivial situation of growing up. Yet, my idea of movies added value is to help you learn about yourself by vibrating with presented common experience, rather than finding the unusual.And yes, is almost a one man show, but what a show. Charlize play is so real and enjoyable, that is almost frightening. And although you will strongly disagree with character actions, the strange affinity build up somehow will stop you from judging, but nursing and admiring her.Other casting is quite enjoyable. Wilson is believable, his choice of <more>
roles is getting better after some bad beginning. Other guy from United States Of Tara is really great.This is a must see for middle aged up.
Theron Delivers the Goods as the Unrepentant Queen of Small-Town Mean (by EUyeshima)
Without an iota of irony, Charlize Theron finally uses her intimidating beauty for pure Machiavellian evil, and the results are fortuitous in this dark-hued 2011 comedy, the latest collaboration of director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody "Juno" . She's absolutely spot-on terrific playing Mavis Gary, the condescending, hateful high school girl who comes back to Mercury, her podunk hometown nearly two decades later. Mavis is no Blanche Dubois-type character whose ladylike beauty has faded into a gauzy romantic delusion. No, Mavis is still one hot babe and very much <more>
Reitman and Cody strike again (by Movie_Muse_Reviews)
When Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody struck gold with "Juno" in 2007, they did so with a rare combination of contemporary wit, quirkiness and heart. Their four-year reunion in "Young Adult" won't be nearly as heralded, but it might arguably be a better film. Although ironic when juxtaposed with its main character, a 37-year-old who hasn't gotten over her high school sweetheart, Reitman and Cody display obvious evidence of maturation. The subject and humor are decidedly darker, and the emotional energy more raw and challenging. Charlize Theron stars as Mavis Gary, <more>
This film is highly recommended.Finally a holiday movie comes along that dares to ask, " Can a high school prom queen steal her happily married ex-boyfriend from his wife and newborn child and find true love? " From the team that brought us the classic comedy, Juno, comes the wickedly entertaining, and to some, offensive Young Adult. Directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody, this dark comedy explores the aspirations of a beautiful, vain, and selfish woman as she schemes to breakup a marriage and reclaim her former sweetheart, Buddy. Now divorced, Mavis Gary Charlize <more>
Theron , a ghostwriter of teen literature conveniently found in the YA section of bookstores everywhere, has never grown up and never had the life she felt destined to have. After all, she was voted Best Hair in her high school yearbook! Her life is in ruins, an eternal victim of herself. She decides to return to her small hometown hoping to snare her former sweetheart nicely downplayed by Patrick Wilson and with that in mind, live some of the glories of her past life. As Mavis mentions in one scene, "Love conquers all. "Haven't you seen The Graduate? " She lives in a fantasy world, clouded by booze.Giving her a reality check about her plans is a dweeb from the past, Matt Freehauf Patton Oswalt , whom Mavis meets at a local bar. She doesn't so much rekindle their friendship as she never had time for him before, just not in her league back then. "Oh, you're that hate crime guy," she says when they meet. Insensitive, yes. That's Mavis, and yes, Matt was permanently injured in a gay hate crime during his senior year, although he wasn't gay at all. Shades of irony! Not that there's anything wrong with that, yada, yada! Alcohol and there's plenty in use when Mavis is around brings these two lost souls together, that and Mavis' far- fetched dreaming.Theron has the difficult role of making such a repulsive and mean-spirited woman, if not likable, at least, tolerable. She never tries to ingratiate herself. Instead, she depicts a mean girl caught in the throngs of arrested development and expects the movie audience to deal with it. Her acting choices work beautifully inside and out. Theron uses her expressive beauty and sexual allure to hide Mavis' twisted and unpleasant traits. Hopefully, this honest and compelling performance won't turn off Academy voters due to its nasty portrayal of its anti-heroine. It's a wonderful job of acting.Oswalt gives a fully dimensional comic portrait of a small town loser type with bigger dreams. He's living with his sister. He's alone. He's Mavis' conscience and he's working overtime. He's the voice of reason and the sensible voice of the movie audience as well. . Oswalt plays his character as an endearing slug, a man-child full of sage advice and bitter disappointment. It is a finely honed comic performance. Cleverly scripted, Young Adult is filled with smart one-liners that advance the action and are keeping with their flawed characters. Yet the film carries with it a more serious tone, not the laugh-a-minute movie one would suspect from the trailer. The characters and their situations verge on the real with the comically surreal. In an uncomfortable but pivotal scene, Mavis addresses Buddy's married life with consoling words and advice that " we can beat this thing together" and leave his KenTacoHut world behind. Cody's sharply observed and cynical view of small town life is imbued in her characters and may be distasteful to some moviegoers, although I found this film quite amusing and droll. The only objection to the film was in two of the film's final scenes which were effectively done but inaccurate to the characters' true motivations and actions .Reitman is again drawn to damaged characters in his leading roles as he had successfully done with films like Juno and Up in the Air. He is relentless in his ability to make such complicated people completely fascinating as they free fall into despair. He makes their journey filled with ironic and satirical possibilities, making the negative positively comic in tone.Young Adult resists the sweet rosy side of life. It humorously embraces the sad fatalistic notion of our everyday existence, supplanting upbeat and unattainable desires with a refreshingly downbeat sensibility. And that's seems very grown-up to me. GRADE: B+NOTE: Visit my movie blog for more reviews: www.dearmoviegoer.com