Young Adult

2011

Action / Comedy / Drama / Romance

57
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 80%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 49%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 69915

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Cast

Charlize Theron as Mavis Gary
Patrick Wilson as Buddy Slade
J.K. Simmons as Mavis's Publisher
Patton Oswalt as Matt Freehauf
720p.BLU
602.87 MB
1280*720
English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 34 min
P/S 8 / 50

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by email-05199 6 / 10

Watch it for as Long as You Can! Then Simply Stop.

I'm a fan of movies and (especially) books with polarized reviews. It usually means that something about it offends people in a compelling way worth experiencing. This movie was the same. And also different.

Theron does a brilliant acting job. Her subtle facial expressions, attitude and tone of voice are awe-inspiring. She makes this film. It's worth watching for as long as you can to simply appreciate how good she really is. It's why this film won its awards.

If you begin watching knowing you won't make it to the end, you'll enjoy it a lot more. Part of the irony of this film is that the main character is so unlikeable that you give up on her - before the film is over. And, that is OK! More than OK.

Watch it until the point that you become thrilled you are no longer in high school. That you're no longer trapped by high school immaturity. That you're past that phase of your life, and fortunate enough to NOT be living in that past. Then go have (just) one glass of wine to celebrate. And be happy you didn't turn out to be the emotionally stunted, depressed alcoholic played brilliantly by Theron.

If you stop one third of the way, you'll probably want to give it eight stars. For each 1/6 of the way longer, you'll want to drop it by a star. So stop while you're ahead and just appreciate the acting. And your life as it is now.

Reviewed by begob 6 / 10

Short on laughs

When an old flame announces the arrival of his first baby, an unsatisfied fiction writer returns to her hometown to stir things up ...

Coming of age drama that pitches ambition against domesticity, community against individuality. The story opens with the arid nature of corporate, mass produced urban living, with the heroine regularly waking up face down on her bed after her nights of heavy drinking. She writes teen romance stories, with the main character's observations inspired by conversations the heroine overhears but ultimately reflecting her own selfish approach to life. So her arrival home is the opportunity to confront her demons and work something out.

It's put together well, but left me lukewarm. Although the parts are performed with confidence, the characters feel a little like placeholders for the various themes. Most importantly the humour is ... mild, so it would take some deep characterisation to make this anything more than an average slice of life.

Plenty of recent movies with women leading bad lives they need to escape, but they're all edgy: Nocturnal Animals, The Girl On The Train, Blue Jasmine. This one went for comedy, but just about amused me and no more, and in the end left me confused about the core values of the story. Is American life empty? Is personal independence good in itself?

Overall: The pieces fit together, but no depth.

Reviewed by Caroline Phillips 10 / 10

Remarkable and underrated dark comedy

Charlize Theron has never been better as Mavis Gary, a depressed alcoholic ghost writer of a young adult book series who finds her career opportunities drying up as the end of the series draws near. To make matters worse, she receives word that, Buddy, her former flame, has invited her to a baby shower for his newborn child. Thinking this is a cry for help, Mavis heads back home to rescue Buddy from a world of suburban anguish.

You can't help but feel bad for Mavis and she gets herself into cringe-worthy scene after scene. It's a testament to Theron's gifts as an actress that we should care about this destructive monster one iota. Theron, with writer Diablo Cody, creates a monster so real, so raw, and so vulnerable that you won't be able to stop thinking about her for weeks afterwards.

Also excellent is Patton Oswald as Matt, a former classmate of Mavis, who was beaten up for being gay (he wasn't) and now has to walk with braces. In many ways, Matt is the eyes of the audience - drawn to a revolted by Mavis at the same time.

The ending does away with typical morality and lessons found in Hollywood films and is all the better for it. Some people never will change.

Young Adult is a fresh, funny, disturbing, and raw comedy that's sure to become a cult favorite in the years to come.

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