Young Adult

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Time Out says

Fri Nov 4 2011

Here’s a new comedy from Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody, the writer/director duo behind ‘Juno’. But don’t go expecting another happy, warm hug of a movie: this is much less of a charmer, trailing a juicy waft of sourness behind it. Charlize Theron gives her best performance in years; she’s properly funny (who knew?) as Mavis Gary, a train-wreck who crashes into her hometown to reclaim her high-school sweetheart, Buddy (Patrick Wilson). What, Buddy’s happily married? Devoted to his new baby? Like Mavis gives a damn. She’s angry, self-obsessed, immature, stalkerish, possibly alcoholic… and we’re kinda gunning for her.

The film’s writer, Cody is one seriously funny woman – and one of Hollywood’s most in-demand writers. With Mavis, it’s like she’s given life to a less-successful, less-together evil alter ego, a terrifying what-if. Mavis, 37 and divorced, is also a writer – of young adult fiction (industry-speak for teen novels). And she displays all the emotional maturity of one of her characters. I can’t remember a heroine so triumphantly and spectacularly messy. Back in Mercury, Minnesota, an old classmate, clearly traumatised from their high-school days together, spies her across a bar and hisses (almost without realising): ‘psychotic prom queen bitch’.

Mavis isn’t stupid – she can see that Buddy loves his wife, but downing another shot of whisky blanks it out. Cody draws her characters with absolute precision. Is Mavis slinking back to have a breakdown? There’s an empty loneliness threatening to swallow her up, and that keeps on side even when she’s at her meanest. Here’s Mavis on Mercury: ‘People here are so happy with so little. It’s like they don’t even care what happens to them.’ There is a raw honesty here rare in movies, and it’s very funny too – excruciating at times.

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UK release:

Fri Feb 10, 2012

Cast and crew

Director:

Jason Reitman

Screenwriter:

Diablo Cody

Cast:

Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt

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linda

I really dont understand how this is a comedy? It is not funny rather sad and I totally do not understand the relevance of her Trichotillomania? This film made for uncomfortable viewing far to many times to give it anything higher than a 1 star.

linda

I really dont understand how this is a comedy? It is not funny rather sad and I totally do not understand the relevance of her Trichotillomania? This film made for uncomfortable viewing far to many times to give it anything higher than a 1 star.

LDK

Its unfortunate that I HAVE to give a minimum of 1 star, Charlize tried way to hard to be funny and was very unsuccessful, this was more of a Cameron Diaz role, but I have my doubts that even a "funny" actress could've made this movie funny, it was more like a tragic drama, there's nothing funny about a middle aged alcoholic trying to break up a marriage....

LDK

Its unfortunate that I HAVE to give a minimum of 1 star, Charlize tried way to hard to be funny and was very unsuccessful, this was more of a Cameron Diaz role, but I have my doubts that even a "funny" actress could've made this movie funny, it was more like a tragic drama, there's nothing funny about a middle aged alcoholic trying to break up a marriage....

Cassius

Excuse the typo below...I know the film is called Young Adult. I also thought to question the "(who knew?)" reviewers comment regarding Charlize Theron being able to act "funny". Answer: Anyone who has seen her banjo-playing simpleton role from Arrested Development.

Cassius

Excuse the typo below...I know the film is called Young Adult. I also thought to question the "(who knew?)" reviewers comment regarding Charlize Theron being able to act "funny". Answer: Anyone who has seen her banjo-playing simpleton role from Arrested Development.

Cassius

A wonderfully awkward performance from Charlize Theron in a film that reminded me of Greenberg. If you enjoyed that portrait of a 'difficult" character you will not be disappointed with You Adult.

Cassius

A wonderfully awkward performance from Charlize Theron in a film that reminded me of Greenberg. If you enjoyed that portrait of a 'difficult" character you will not be disappointed with You Adult.

TJ Wright

This black comedy turns a painfully hilarious mirror on a type of modern narcissism. Wickedly funny, excellent performances and excellent writing and direction.

TJ Wright

This black comedy turns a painfully hilarious mirror on a type of modern narcissism. Wickedly funny, excellent performances and excellent writing and direction.

Blaize67

Deliciously dark humour from Reitman/Cody. I enjoyed Juno more, but here we have a grown up tale of a psychotic prom queen going home..and well off the rails. Charlize is fab in the lead. A good fun watch. Recommended.

Blaize67

Deliciously dark humour from Reitman/Cody. I enjoyed Juno more, but here we have a grown up tale of a psychotic prom queen going home..and well off the rails. Charlize is fab in the lead. A good fun watch. Recommended.

Sutton

Never go see a film on the back of a good trailer. This film was dire, I’d seen the funny bits and struggled to keep awake during the rest. Very disappointing.

Sutton

Never go see a film on the back of a good trailer. This film was dire, I’d seen the funny bits and struggled to keep awake during the rest. Very disappointing.

KP

i found Cath Clarke's review to be absolutely spot on. Thoroughly enjoyed the film. Theron is fabulous....and shocking... and..... scary..A lot of painfully funny and excruciating moments. Fatal Attraction ..minus bunnies and slashed wrists ! - ------and none the worse for it.

KP

i found Cath Clarke's review to be absolutely spot on. Thoroughly enjoyed the film. Theron is fabulous....and shocking... and..... scary..A lot of painfully funny and excruciating moments. Fatal Attraction ..minus bunnies and slashed wrists ! - ------and none the worse for it.

Tim

God knows which movie the previous commentators saw. I never really warmed to Juno's arch teen speak although Cody won an Oscar for it. Young Adult is another matter. It has one of the darkest laugh out loud scripts I've ever heard. I was snorting with laughter throughout whilst peering through my fingers at the genuinely shocking behaviour of the lead character. Charlize Theron surpasses her Monster role and joins Michael Fassbender and Albert Brooks in being cruelly overlooked by the Academy this year. An amazing performance in a absolutely marvellous movie. Go see!

Tim

God knows which movie the previous commentators saw. I never really warmed to Juno's arch teen speak although Cody won an Oscar for it. Young Adult is another matter. It has one of the darkest laugh out loud scripts I've ever heard. I was snorting with laughter throughout whilst peering through my fingers at the genuinely shocking behaviour of the lead character. Charlize Theron surpasses her Monster role and joins Michael Fassbender and Albert Brooks in being cruelly overlooked by the Academy this year. An amazing performance in a absolutely marvellous movie. Go see!

Leon Nasus

Please get a new set of Time Out reviewers. They sound as though they work for the film producers. The Artist:Five Stars:Oscar Certainty: but simply sentimental superficiality. Young Adult:Four stars: Neither clever enough to be amusing nor insightful enough to be interesting. Where are the descendants of Pauline Kael?

Leon Nasus

Please get a new set of Time Out reviewers. They sound as though they work for the film producers. The Artist:Five Stars:Oscar Certainty: but simply sentimental superficiality. Young Adult:Four stars: Neither clever enough to be amusing nor insightful enough to be interesting. Where are the descendants of Pauline Kael?

Ian

"Comedy?" The reviewer must have been watching a different film to me. The film starts slowly and slows down. If there were jokes most of them must have passed me by. This is the film where Reitman and Cody sell out. The promise of Juno has faded into mainstream mundanity. The characters are mostly cliches with good and bad and very little in the middle. There are a number of unnecessary scenes played out over homophobia and disability. The film then ends with a middle of the road focus group finish. Very disappointing could and should have been so much more.

Ian

"Comedy?" The reviewer must have been watching a different film to me. The film starts slowly and slows down. If there were jokes most of them must have passed me by. This is the film where Reitman and Cody sell out. The promise of Juno has faded into mainstream mundanity. The characters are mostly cliches with good and bad and very little in the middle. There are a number of unnecessary scenes played out over homophobia and disability. The film then ends with a middle of the road focus group finish. Very disappointing could and should have been so much more.

long cat

Reitman's worst film - I waited over an hour into this movie for something to happen but sadly nothing. I doubt the reviewer saw the same movie I just have or he/she wouldn't give this tedious junk 4 stars. Theron is totally wasted as this shallow wet week character. As for comedy I only smiled a couple times and in a full cinema room 16 people walked out before I finally did. If you want entertainment then AVOID this.

long cat

Reitman's worst film - I waited over an hour into this movie for something to happen but sadly nothing. I doubt the reviewer saw the same movie I just have or he/she wouldn't give this tedious junk 4 stars. Theron is totally wasted as this shallow wet week character. As for comedy I only smiled a couple times and in a full cinema room 16 people walked out before I finally did. If you want entertainment then AVOID this.

john o sullivan

I thought it badly written,with very few funny moments I laughed 4 times , so if opta did film ratings its not near xavi terrirtory Still its blessed with the best femail performance of the year How we end up rooting for such a P.O.S. is down to Therons genius

john o sullivan

I thought it badly written,with very few funny moments I laughed 4 times , so if opta did film ratings its not near xavi terrirtory Still its blessed with the best femail performance of the year How we end up rooting for such a P.O.S. is down to Therons genius