Young Adult

Young Adult

Young Adult

The director and writer of Juno re-team for this comedy-drama about a woman returning home in an attempt to revive her high school glory years. Stars Charlize Theron (Monster).

Mavis (Theron) is a cynical, self-obsessed writer of teenage fiction who returns home - Mercury, Minnesota - to win back her high school crush: Buddy (Patrick Wilson, Insidious), now happily married and with kids. Buddy isn't particularly willing though, and having been roundly despised at school Mavis doesn't get support from her old chums either (referred to as the "psychotic prom queen bitch"). The plan goes awry. But she finds help in one former classmate (Patton Oswalt, The Informant!), who hasn't gotten over his high school years either.

2011Rating: M, contains offensive language & sexual references93 minsUSA
ComedyDrama
Director:
Jason Reitman ('Up in the Air', 'Juno', 'Thank You for Smoking')
Writer:
Diablo Cody
Cast:
Charlize TheronPatrick WilsonJ.K. SimmonsElizabeth ReaserPatton OswaltEmily Meade

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Young Adult / Reviews

Variety

Variety

The deliberately prickly pic courageously risks offending audiences to arrive at a truth beyond its genre's normal grasp.

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USA Today

USA Today

While on sardonic turf, it's scathingly funny. Then it veers from biting wit to pitiful.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

Young Adult packs some ornery truths about compromise as the key to an arrested adolescent’s survival as an adult.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Shrouds its brilliant, brave and breathtakingly cynical heart in the superficial blandness of commercial comedy.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

The laughs in Young Adult leave bruises.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

I realized what a fearless character study it is.

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New York Post

New York Post

Nobody ever said that adolescence was pretty.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

This is comedy extracted from pain start to finish.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Offers no real pleasure and has no resonance, other than a bitter aftertaste.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A tart and abrasive character study.

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E! Online

E! Online

A fierce, fearless performance that deserves attention.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

An empathetic but bravely brittle portrait of an aging queen bee.

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