Young Adult

Young Adult

DVD - 2012
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ryan411
Dec 03, 2018

I was blown away by what a great acting job Charlize Theron did.

The movie is often uncomfortable to watch, but very well-done.

LPL_KimberlyL Aug 28, 2016

Mavis Gary is not likable--in fact, she can be considered a terrible person. After getting an email from an ex-boyfriend, she decides that he is unhappy, "a hostage" in his suburban life with his newborn infant and wife, and she decides to revisit her hometown to win him back. This movie is often uncomfortable with too many cringe-worthy moments to count. It's also a painfully realistic depiction of depression and alcoholism, and isn't quite the comedy that it was originally marketed as. This is for those who like dark humor and intense character studies.

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lukasevansherman
Aug 22, 2015

People seem mad that they thought this was a comedy and it's not. Perhaps read a review or two first? "Young Adult" is from director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody, the team behind the inexplicably popular "Juno." Those expecting a similar film will be disappointed. As others have pointed out, this is not a happy film and the protagonist is difficult and rather unlikable, which appears to be a deal breaker for some viewers. Charlize Theron plays Mavis (an unlikely name), a beautiful writer who is also depressed, alcoholic, and possibly mentally ill. She returns to her sleepy hometown with the intention of winning back her high school boyfriend (Patrick Wilson), who is happily married and has a new baby. She also strikes up an unlikely friendship with a former classmate, a nerdy cripple played by comedian Patton Oswalt. There are a number of improbabilities to deal with (like why is Theron so into Wilson, who is so boring) and it's an erratic film with zero visual style. But Theron, embracing the abrasiveness of her character, and Oswalt, who is equally unhappy, make the film work. It avoids "redemption" and "redeeming" qualities, but that's a strength for me. Clearly they didn't know how to end it. Give it a chance though. 90s music fans will appreciate the prominent use of Teenage Fanclub's "The Concept."

This is the ultimate feel bad movie. You will hate Charlize Theron's character. You will feel ridiculously uncomfortable for long stretches of this movie. You will want to cover your eyes during some key scenes toward the end. That said, this movie is totally enrapturing. For as horrible of a human as Mavis is, she is deeply flawed, very relatable (at least for me, which is probably a commentary on my own instability but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯) and totally interesting character. Is this a date movie or a family movie? Absolutely not. You should still watch this, but prepare for a bumpy ride.

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pinky0203
May 09, 2014

Rather disappointing......

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jprophet
Apr 30, 2014

Terrible movie. Nothing redeemable about it. Kept trying to give it a chance... But it remained consistently a waste of time in the end.

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AlizontheAmazon
Nov 12, 2013

This actually turned out to be a fairly depressing movie. Not that it wasn't good, but it wasn't the movie I expected. Worth watching though.

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britprincess1
Jun 11, 2013

This film is an interesting take on arrested development. It's not completely unheard of for a villain to be a hero (for example, Gone with the Wind and The Social Network show horrible characters in the spotlight), but for the most part, these anti-heroes have some redeeming qualities. In the case of Young Adult, Mavis is a protagonist that you hate. She's sad, she's pathetic, she's horrible. But who wants to feel for her? It's a miracle really that such a seedy character carries the film so well. Showing that you can go home again, but some people just never change, this film is an interesting and far more adult take on the kind of stories Diablo Cody usually creates. Fans of films like Juno may be disappointed as this film lacks that sugar-sweet heart-of-gold sensibility, and the sense of humour tastes as bitter as the alcohol the protagonist swills. But for a reality check for those who feel envy and then spite for those spoiled with everything for what seems like eternity (whether it be a high school mean girl or just a horrible acquaintance in adulthood), this film gives us catharsis in a overly large, hard-to-swallow gulps.

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velloxal
May 08, 2013

Dark humor and a bit sad story. There are many movies about men who doesn't want to grow up this one is about woman. How far you can go to reach your fantasy? Can you change past?

LilacStar Feb 06, 2013

DREADFUL!!

I thought this movie would be a story of growing up and or coming of age.

This story is not about a simple immaturity. The character Mavis is seriously disturbed! Needs a major pscycological intervention.

I wouldnt suggest it at all.

SERIOUS WASTE OF TIME!

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booksmile
Aug 03, 2012

Definitely NOT a comedy, found myself constantly cringing at the terrible or embarrassing positions the main character put herself in. No satisfying or "growing up" type conclusion either.

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Daylight62
Aug 03, 2012

Enjoyed the movie and thought the acting was well done.

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Blaine_the_mono
Jul 31, 2012

Pretty weak. The story just putters along

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joseph
Jul 30, 2012

Good – Young Adult (2011) 94 min. Charlize Theron puts on a great acting show as a 40 something whose life is not going as planned especially given her great popularity in high school. The film is edgy and we witness a character who keeps getting deeper and deeper in her own desperate world. Well made film.

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rslade
Jun 25, 2012

As well as the "arrested development" theme, and the fact that the lead character writes YA stuff, the title is appropriate in that, just like most YA stuff, the plot is rather pathetic and pointless.

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Basileus
Jun 06, 2012

Young Adult is billed as a comedy, but it is more of a drama with some dark humour. Theron is good in her role as a woman who peaked in high school. She decides to go back and relive some of her happier times, but people have moved on. She finds somewhat of a kindered soul in Patton Oswalt's character and they have some nice scenes together. I enjoyed this movie, and it is typical of Cody Diablo's work, but it is not to everyone's tastes.

RockTheBooks May 06, 2012

Not overly impressed with this movie unfortunately. Both plot and characters could have been better developed. The story could have really shined, but was rather mediocre. Theron played her role well, but I would have liked to see deeper into her character. We only ever really managed to skim the top of her layers in this one.

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kpattison
May 05, 2012

I was very disappointed with this movie, Charlene Theron is a very talented actor and wasted her time on this one! Definitely not a comedy and quite boring at that. By the way she did win an award for her role in "Monster" might want to catch that one instead.

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zal1
Apr 07, 2012

Assuming a not-so-well known actress or someone who isn't an Oscar winner does this role of the same calibre, would she be nominated like what happened to Ms. Theron? There's a certain stiffness in her performance for the role of Mavis Gary which I find constricting. It's supposed to be a comedy of the Amy Adams magnitude but Charlize has that innate quality that's more reserved for high dramas or femme fatale roles. Again, this is one of my "So what?!" comment that because she is nominated, she's good. I'd reserved that compliment to her HS buddy, Patton Oswalt (essaying the role of Matt). He aced that loser role with compleat ease! Still enjoyable but Amy Adams could have been a better Mavis.

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Selena72
Apr 02, 2012

Wow...amazing movie. For me, I found that it was sold as a comedy and it definately is not. It's dramatic...some funny parts. I would think quite the eye opener for some people.
A brilliant performance by Charlize Theron!

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britprincess1
Mar 29, 2012

This film is an interesting take on arrested development. It's not completely unheard of for a villain to be a hero (for example, Gone with the Wind and The Social Network show horrible characters in the spotlight), but for the most part, these anti-heroes have some redeeming qualities. In the case of Young Adult, Mavis is a protagonist that you hate. She's sad, she's pathetic, she's horrible. But who wants to feel for her? It's a miracle really that such a seedy character carries the film so well. Showing that you can go home again, but some people just never change, this film is an interesting and far more adult take on the kind of stories Diablo Cody usually creates. Fans of films like Juno may be disappointed as this film lacks that sugar-sweet heart-of-gold sensibility, and the sense of humour tastes as bitter as the alcohol the protagonist swills. But for a reality check for those who feel envy and then spite for those spoiled with everything for what seems like eternity (whether it be a high school mean girl or just a horrible acquaintance in adulthood), this film gives us catharsis in a overly large, hard-to-swallow gulps.


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