Directed By: Jason Reitman
Written By: Diablo Cody
Starring: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt
Review By: Griff
Recently divorced fiction writer Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) is living a repetitive boring life in Minneapolis when finds out that her high school boyfriend (Buddy) has just had his first baby with this new wife. Mavis decides that what she needs to do is break free of her mundane existence and go win back her old boyfriend despite the fact the he is happily married.
Mavis packs up some clothes and heads off to her hometown. On her first night in town she meets Matt (Patton Oswalt) who she went to school with. Mavis tells Matt about her plan to win back Buddy. Matt acts as a sort of Jiminy Cricket to Mavis. He tries to dissuade Mavis from interfering with Buddy’s reasonably happy life. Mavis is determined however, and she tries desperately to steal Buddy away from his wife and child.
Young Adult is extremely well acted. Charlize Theron deserves a ton of credit for being able to keep you interested in a movie with such an unlikable lead character. Mavis is an obsessive alcoholic with a nasty case of Trichotillomania. She is rude to everyone she meets and lives completely in the Id.
Patton Oswalt also demonstrates some surprising range. His character was the victim of a hate crime when some kids in high school mistakenly thought he was gay. For people used to seeing Oswalt in movies like Balls of Fury you will be impressed.
Young Adult is similar in a lot of ways to Bad Teacher where Cameron Diaz played a morally ambiguous, self-centered, alcoholic. Like Bad Teacher both of these movies suffer from the same problem. The characters don’t really seem to show any growth. It’s fine to make a movie about a person with some character flaws that needs to grow but by the end of the movie that person should actually show some growth. Otherwise, what was the point? Both movies had endings that seemed rushed and lacked character development and both movies were disappointing. Young Adult gets 1 and half guys out of three.