Young Adult Review – Unconventional and Darkly Funny.

Young Adult

Starring: Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson

Rated: R

Directed by: Jason Reitman


A recently divorced writer decides to travel back to her hick hometown to reunite with her ex-boyfriend who is happily married with a newborn and not  the least bit aware of her return.

Young Adult is brought to us by Director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody the same people that brought us 2007’s Juno. Charlize Theron stars as Mavis the former prom queen who fled the small town of Mercury Minnesota to the bright lights of “Mini Apple” Minneapolis where she is the ghost writer for a young adult series of novels on its last legs of life. In her spare time she drinks excessive amounts of Alcohol and Diet coke.

To say Mavis is damaged would be a gigantic understatement Mavis is self absorbed, delusional, rude, alcoholic and darkly funny. She is quickly hanging out with Matt Freehauf (Patton Oswalt) the chubby nerd who although he had the locker next to Mavis in high school went completely unnoticed by her. Matt is now the only voice of reason for Mavis’ ridiculous plan.

From the onset you think that Young Adult is going to be a traditional romantic comedy, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Charlize Theron is as funny as she is beautiful I am sure this movie will piss people off as looks and funny are not typically mutually exclusive. Patton Oswalt as the Hate Crime Kid delivers an acerbic sharpness and an unexpected vulnerability to Freehauf. Without giving anything away where Young Adult puts its stamp on the genre is bucking convention and delivering an ending that is picture perfect for the film while completing going against corporate Hollywood and there penchant for focus group endings. It’s Dark it’s Funny and it’s refreshingly unexpected.

Grade -88

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