Thursday, January 12, 2012

Late Review: Young Adult

Young Adult

Cast: Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt

Writer: Diablo Cody

Director: Jason Reitman

* and 1/2 *'s out of four

                      (Theatrical Poster: Curtosey of Paramount Pictures)

You know those really superficial bitches in high school that you just hated.   Well now there is a movie that focuses on one of them . The latest collaboration between Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody ("Juno") on the outset does have some wonderful acting, but the plot is just too predictable and the main character isn't interesting enough for me to stick with it.   I sort of wish the writers of "Bad Teacher" and Diablo would have worked together on one film because a mixture of the two would have resulted in one good movie instead of two bad ones.

Mavis Day(Charlize Theron) is a ghost writer on a series of popular teen romance series who has hit a sort of wake up call.  The publication house she works for is canceling the series and right when that happens she finds out that her high school boyfriend Buddy(Patrick Wilson) has gotten married and has a baby. At that moment Mavis is convinced that she should travel back to her hometown to win back the affection of her former flame.While there she befriends Matt (Patton Oswalt), a local cripple that everyone picked on back in the day.  Although Mavis was once very popular in School she's not so well liked by her other peers.

This movie gives you moments where I was suppose to feel some sort of sympathy for this girl, and all I wanted to do was just laugh her off.  Charlize Theron does a great job in this role, but to try and give her some heart when she does nothing to earn any type of respect is sort of redundant and pointless.  I for one love a character that is crass and rude, but you also have to make them interesting.  This is being labeled as a comedy and I don't think I even chuckled once.  Mavis is just too sad of a character for me to laugh at.  The only character that has any merit is Matt and why he is befriending this chick is beyond me.      It's obvious she only likes this guy for his liquor and is the only one who will listen to her bitch when everyone else just ignores it.

If this movie were to come out on Netflix ,I'll watch it again and maybe have a different opinion of it. I didn't like Diablo Cody's writing as much as "Juno", but there are some good moments when Mavis confesses her love to Buddy and when Matt tells how he became disabled.  Jason Reitman has had a track record of some very good movies including "Up in The Air" and "Thank You for Smoking" .  "Young Adult" may be his first disappointing flick.


  1. I really enjoyed this movie :) She was diabolical, but I loved watching her story. Patton Oswalt was the best though. You're a tough critic Vern ;) Fair but tough!

    1. I will admit that it is one I need to rewatch again. My mind may change after my 2nd viewing