Thirty-seven year old Mavis Gary seems incapable of happiness. She has had one failed marriage with no romance in her immediate horizon. She ghosts writes a young adult series of books, which has just been canceled due to low sales. She is in the process of writing the last book, with which she is having a mental block. She lives vicariously through Kendall Strickland, the teenaged female heroine in her books, as like Kendall she believes her high school years were the best years of her life when she was the prom queen. When she receives news that her high school beau, Buddy Slade, and his wife, Beth Slade, have just had their first child, Mavis takes it as a sign that she and Buddy are meant to be together. As such, she devises a false pretense to travel from her Minneapolis home back her her old hometown of Mercury, Minnesota to reclaim Buddy from Beth. As Mavis slyly or not so slyly does whatever she can to hang out with Buddy, even in Beth's company if need be, she also runs into ... Written by
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After Mavis gets her nails done in dark blue, she is at KFC writing when Buddy calls her. Her nails are blue during the entire phone call, but the right before she hangs up the phone they are suddenly unpainted. In the next scene they are back to blue. See more »
Fuck you! You fucking bitch!
Oh my God. You should see your face. It's a joke. Are you just gonna stand there like a big lump? I love your sweater.
I'll get you a rag.
Go get me a rag because you got so many of those lying around here. Fucking burp cloths, whatever. You know the funny thing is, I could have had this party a long time ago. This exact same party. Yeah! Buddy and I were together for four years and we were inseparable. Jan knows. Right, Jan? Tell them!
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Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody have been kind of hit or miss for me or
at least that's what I like to think. I didn't enjoy Juno nearly as
much as everyone else seemed to while Jennifer's Body, while not great,
may have been better received on my end than what most give it credit
for mostly because I have such a soft spot for horror. On the other
hand though, Up in the Air was fairly fantastic all around. With that
said, the main thing attracting me to Young Adult was the fact that
Patton Oswalt had a rather big supporting role. Despite the fact that
Charlize Theron has done so many things since and has won an Oscar,
films like The Astronaut's Wife and The Devil's Advocate only come to
mind whenever she's featured in anything which isn't flattering at all.
So there was kind of this sense of dread going into Young Adult, but
was it justified? The short answer is no, but it doesn't completely
blow you away either.
There was an Entertainment Weekly article a few weeks ago where Theron
said she aimed to not only be a mean-spirited individual, but also
easily relatable as well. That's the trickiest part with a character
like this. Anyone can be cold or act black hearted, but doing that
while also displaying qualities that make you feel sorry for them
and/or feel like something you went through in your life is something
special. Imagining anyone else in this role is practically impossible,
as well. The entire premise seems to be built around Theron. She seems
to be playing herself or at least a slightly exaggerated version of how
she is in real life. That more than likely contributes to the movie
working as well as it does.
One of the other great things about the movie is that it's mostly
unexpected. Young adult fiction writer Mavis Gary (Theron) currently
lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota but decides to return to her small
hometown of Mercury after receiving an email from her high school
boyfriend Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson) welcoming his first child into
the world. Mavis somehow thinks that her and Buddy are meant to be
together and despite Buddy being happily married and having a daughter
that he loves dearly, Mavis thinks they can work past that to make
things right between them. The outcome of the events is probably pretty
predictable, but the relationships in between unfold in a way that you
probably don't see coming. I'm mostly referring to Mavis and Matt
Freehauf's (Patton Oswalt) friendship as it goes in a direction that
feels far too human for such a superficial individual like Mavis.
Oswalt also seems to be playing an exaggerated version of himself as
well as he makes full use of his geekiness. The Pixies shirt was also a
nice touch. But Young Adult is mostly entertaining due to the way it
feels genuine despite revolving around somebody who is as harsh and
selfish as Mavis Gray is.
Young Adult is very dark and downright bleak at times, but that's one
of its most distinguishing traits. You'll more than likely find
something to relate to in Mavis Gray whether it was you who was the
popular kid in school, are just as depressed as she is, think you may
be an alcoholic, or you're a writer, Mavis isn't really in the right
frame of mind and maybe that's the most relatable part of her
character. Charlize Theron and Patton Oswalt share a kind of twisted
chemistry that involves some fairly witty dialogue at times, but is
mostly them dragging the other one through the mud with their words,
which strangely only illustrates how miserable and similar their two
characters are. Young Adult is a very fascinating dark comedy that is
laugh out loud funny at times due to its cruelness, but shines thanks
to its authenticity.
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