MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 136 this week

Young Adult (2011)

6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 56,621 users   Metascore: 71/100
Reviews: 189 user | 314 critic | 42 from Metacritic.com

Soon after her divorce, a fiction writer returns to her home in small-town Minnesota, looking to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend, who is now happily married and has a newborn daughter.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 05 Jun 2011
 
a list of 27 titles
created 07 Sep 2011
 
a list of 24 titles
created 22 Sep 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 25 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Young Adult" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Young Adult (2011)

Young Adult (2011) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Young Adult.
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Jan
...
...
Rebecca Hart ...
Nipple Confusion Guitarist
...
Front Desk Girl
...
Sales Lady
...
Book Associate
...
Edit

Storyline

Mavis Gary, once the high school 'It Girl', now an alcoholic divorcée who writes a soon to be canceled young adult fiction series, makes the decision to return to her childhood home in Minnesota. There she embarks on a plan to win back her former sweetheart, Buddy. The fact that Buddy is now married with a baby doesn't dissuade her. Along the way, she forms a bond with Matt Freehauf, another former classmate, who has been left disabled by a beating he took from a bunch of jocks. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Everyone gets old. Not everyone grows up

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 December 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adultos jóvenes  »

Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$310,263 (USA) (9 December 2011)

Gross:

$16,300,302 (USA) (17 February 2012)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| (as Datasat Digital Sound)|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

On October 18, 2011, George Stroumboulopoulos, along with director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody, hosted the first public screening/"sneak peek" of the film at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. The screening was followed by a brief Q&A session for attendees with Reitman and Cody. The screening was promoted as a secret with nothing about the film revealed. Comedic trailers also played on The Hour (2005). See more »

Goofs

The wine stain on Mavis's dress changes at least 3 times during her "big speech" at the baby naming party. See more »

Quotes

David Gary: I hope you're eating enough in the city.
Hedda Gary: You gotta start taking care of yourself, sweetie.
David Gary: You know, Lean Cuisine is not a meal.
Mavis Gary: Yeah, I think I might be an alcoholic.
Hedda Gary: [laughs] Very funny.
David Gary: You're not still pulling it are you.
Mavis Gary: Stop, dad.
Hedda Gary: It's just that your hair is so beautiful.
Mavis Gary: You know what, mom? Can you please take down that photo of me and Allen?
Hedda Gary: Which picture, sweetie?
[...]
See more »

Connections

Features Kendra (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Low
Written by David Lowery (as David Charles Lowery), David Faragher and Johnny Hickman (as John Hickman)
Performed by Cracker
Courtesy of Virgin Records America
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Reitman and Cody strike again
16 December 2011 | by (IL, USA) – See all my reviews

When Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody struck gold with "Juno" in 2007, they did so with a rare combination of contemporary wit, quirkiness and heart. Their four-year reunion in "Young Adult" won't be nearly as heralded, but it might arguably be a better film.

Although ironic when juxtaposed with its main character, a 37-year-old who hasn't gotten over her high school sweetheart, Reitman and Cody display obvious evidence of maturation. The subject and humor are decidedly darker, and the emotional energy more raw and challenging.

Charlize Theron stars as Mavis Gary, perhaps one of film's most hopelessly pathetic protagonists. Before giving the opening credit sequence its cue, Reitman puts Theron to work and paints a clear picture of spiraling drunken loneliness, reality TV and apathy toward responsibility. Appropriately, she's a young-adult fiction writer for a dwindling book series who's also a former prom queen. Theron is perfect for the role with her combination of in- concealable beauty and dramatic prowess. Mavis never becomes a caricature under her watch.

Unable to get past the fact that her high school boyfriend Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson) just had a baby, Mavis flees her depressing cyclical lifestyle in Minneapolis for her home town of Mercury, Minn. with the intention of winning him back.

Mavis' delusional and deceitful quest to be a home-wrecker proves maddening through much of the film at the slow-burn pace Reitman has dictated, and it becomes obvious that at some point the bubble on her misguided journey will burst into an ugly mess. Yet despite this foreseeable direction, the climax proves stirring and not without a set of surprises.

Adding to the complexity of Mavis reclaiming her past is Matt (Patton Oswalt), a former classmate she barely noticed because they were miles apart on the social spectrum. The two bond over their appreciation for (or dependency on) bourbon, and their relationship allows Theron's character a chance to blow off steam, albeit irresponsibly.

Mavis eventually remembers Matt as the "hate crime kid" because he was brutally beaten to the point of being disabled in high school at the hands of some jocks who thought he was gay. He serves as a strong comparison point for Mavis' high school experience throughout the film. Oswalt's wit also matches well with Cody's style and Matt actually turns into one of the better depictions of a disabled character probably ever. Other than the incident that caused it, we're not asked to sympathize excessively with his condition, nor do Mavis' snarky remarks about it come across as rude.

Cody's dialogue is much more restrained this time around; "Juno" is eons funnier as a result, but the sacrifice of laughs allows us to focus on the film as a character study of a woman who hasn't quite learned how to be an adult. The script's only deficiency comes from a crater- sized hole in Mavis' history. "Young Adult" deserves praise for being a film about living in the past that contains not a single flashback, but knowing more about Mavis' divorce and how she came to break up with Buddy the first time could have significantly informed the story, especially as to why Mavis willfully lives her life as the trainwreck it clearly is.

The film's climax helps a bit in this regard, and Mavis' epiphany avoids being cliché despite the obvious "appreciate what you have" motif. Part of the message oddly suggests that small- town folks lead purposeless lives for the sake of achieving some kind of blissful stasis, but at the same time the idea that all of us are broken people that need to affirm and trudge forward — not backward — with our various blemishes, will surely resonate.

~Steven C

Visit my site! moviemusereviews.com


52 of 74 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Does anyone make anything of this... Sylviamoon
Why would she not take Sandra with her? Mila095
Beth was a jerk. peterw5
Am I the Only Person Who Gets Sandra's Speech? teadogg4
Awkwardly hard to watch scene revsader
Who is Sylvia? rpn0728
Discuss Young Adult (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?