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Young Adult -- Academy Award winner Charlize Theron stars as Mavis Gary, former prom queen turned young adult novelist, who returns home to win back her high school sweetheart.  When everything does not go according to plan, Mavis must face the harsh realities of growing up in this brilliant and bittersweet story critics are hailing as a "one-of-a kind comedy."* *Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
Young Adult -- A fiction writer returns to her home in small-town Minnesota, looking to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend, who is now married with kids.
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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Diablo Cody (written by)
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Release Date:
16 December 2011 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Everyone gets old. Not everyone grows up
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 22 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Not quite up to the hype... See more (194 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Charlize Theron ... Mavis Gary

Patton Oswalt ... Matt Freehauf

Patrick Wilson ... Buddy Slade

Elizabeth Reaser ... Beth Slade

Collette Wolfe ... Sandra Freehauf

Jill Eikenberry ... Hedda Gary

Richard Bekins ... David Gary

Mary Beth Hurt ... Jan

Kate Nowlin ... Mary Ellen Trantowski

Jenny Dare Paulin ... Nipple Confusion Bassist
Rebecca Hart ... Nipple Confusion Guitarist

Louisa Krause ... Front Desk Girl

Elizabeth Ward Land ... Sales Lady

Brian McElhaney ... Book Associate

Hettienne Park ... Vicki

John Forest ... Wheelchair Mike

Rightor Doyle ... Babysitter

Brady Smith ... Date Man
Tim Young ... Champions Server (as Timothy Young)

Erin Darke ... Teen Employee

Jee Young Han ... Teen Employee

Ella Rae Peck ... Girl

Aleisha Allen ... Girl (as Aleisha Lanae Allen)
Matt Wilson ... Teenage Clerk

Orlagh Cassidy ... Party Guest

Charles Techman ... Parking Attendant

Emily Meade ... Denny's Waitress

Neil Hellegers ... Young Dad

Michael Nathanson ... Champions Greeter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Landyn Banx ... Business Person (uncredited)
Julie E. Davis ... Shopper (uncredited)

Fredrika Dukes ... Business Person (uncredited)
Devon A Early ... Denny's Customer (uncredited)

John Edel ... Businessman in Skyway (uncredited)

Kirsten Gregerson ... Business Person (uncredited)

Rosemary Howard ... Guest at Baby Naming Party (uncredited)

Eric Pierson ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

J.K. Simmons ... Mavis's Publisher (voice) (uncredited)
Joel Thingvall ... Businessman in Skyway (uncredited)

Directed by
Jason Reitman 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Diablo Cody (written by)

Produced by
Brian Bell .... line producer
Jason Blumenfeld .... associate producer (as Jason A. Blumenfeld)
Diablo Cody .... producer
Helen Estabrook .... executive producer
Lianne Halfon .... producer
Nathan Kahane .... executive producer
Beth Kono .... co-producer
Kelli Konop .... co-producer
Mary Lee .... co-producer
John Malkovich .... executive producer
Mason Novick .... producer
Steven M. Rales .... executive producer (as Steven Rales)
Jason Reitman .... producer
Russell Smith .... producer
Charlize Theron .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Rolfe Kent 
Mateo Messina 
 
Cinematography by
Eric Steelberg (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Dana E. Glauberman 
 
Casting by
Jessica Kelly 
Suzanne Smith  (as Susanne Smith Crowley)
 
Production Design by
Kevin Thompson 
 
Art Direction by
Michael Ahern 
 
Set Decoration by
Carrie Stewart 
 
Costume Design by
David C. Robinson  (as David Robinson)
 
Makeup Department
Mary Aaron .... key makeup artist (as Mary R. Aaron)
Deanna Johnson .... hair assistant: Minneapolis (as Deanna L. Johnson)
Maureen Landa .... makeup assistant: Minneapolis (as Maureen Landa McGavin)
Mandy Lyons .... hair department head
Mia Neal .... key hair stylist (as Mia M. Neal)
Nuria Sitja .... makeup department head
Jonathan Gording .... contact lenses: special (uncredited)
Nora Martin .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Brian Bell .... unit production manager
Luca Borghese .... post-production supervisor
Frank Murray .... production supervisor (as Fran¸ois Murray)
Jillian Nodland .... production supervisor: Minneapolis
Jennifer Scudder Trent .... post-production executive (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jason Blumenfeld .... first assistant director (as Jason A. Blumenfeld)
Catherine Feeny .... second second assistant director
Bryan Shelley .... second second assistant director: Minneapolis
John Silvestri .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Glen Aldous .... scenic
Michael Boucher .... set dresser
Peter Bundrick .... key carpenter
Terrence Burke .... construction grip
James Dewolf .... construction grip (as Jim DeWolf)
Daniel Dietrich .... carpenter (as Dan Dietrich)
Faith Farrell .... scenic artist: Minneapolis
Glenn Gatti .... on-set dresser
Alex Gorodetsky .... charge scenic (as Alexander Gorodetsky)
Sandy Hamilton .... property master
Richard Hebrank .... construction coordinator (as Rich Hebrank)
Colby Ippoliti .... set dresser
Dan-ah Kim .... assistant art director
Joe Kupillas .... carpenter (as Joseph Kupillas)
Michael Leather .... leadperson
Hank Liebeskind .... set dresser
Eugene Melvin .... on-set dresser (as Eugene Melvin Jr.)
Michael Miller .... key construction grip (as Mike Miller)
Leann Murphy .... art department coordinator
Bruce J. Paquette .... carpenter (as Bruce Paquette)
Susan Perlman .... buyer
Vinny Perrella .... scenic industrial (as Vincent J. Perrella III)
Nicole Scoppa .... set dresser
Theo Sena .... on-set dresser
Lee Shevett .... construction grip
Sha-Sha Shiau .... art department coordinator
Brian J. Simpson .... set dresser: Minneapolis (as Brian Simpson)
William Smith .... set dresser
Gary Sommers .... set dresser
Ryan Tallant .... on-set dresser: Minneapolis
Susan Tatom .... set decorating coordinator
Chris Thickins .... set dresser: Minneapolis (as Chris Thickens)
Billy Vann .... construction grip
James Wassmann .... carpenter
Joel Weaver .... assistant property master
Mark Wojahn .... leadperson: Minneapolis
Gary Surber .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Michael Barry .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris C. Benson .... boom operator: Minneapolis (as Chris Benson)
Rachel Chancey .... foley editor
Ryan Collison .... foley mixer
Heather Gross .... assistant sound editor
Anguibe Guindo .... boom operator
Harry Higgins .... sound re-recordist
Eric Hirsch .... sound re-recording mixer
Ken Ishii .... sound mixer
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Brian Lagace .... sound re-recordist
Eric McAllister .... first assistant sound editor
Joe Origlieri .... utility sound technician
Dave Paterson .... sound effects editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Jacob Ribicoff .... sound effects editor
Michael Rivera .... adr recordist
Perry Robertson .... supervising sound editor
Scott Sanders .... supervising sound editor
Warren Shaw .... supervising sound editor
Steve F.B. Smith .... sound consultant: Dolby
Bill Sweeney .... dialogue editor (as William Sweeney)
Gregg Swiatlowski .... assistant sound editor
Paul Yurt .... systems engineer
Allen Lau .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Drew Jiritano .... special effects coordinator (as Drew Jiritano Jr.)
Mike Myers .... special effects technician
Stephen Powers .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Peter Amante .... lead digital compositor: Phosphene
John Bair .... visual effects supervisor: Phosphene
Vivian Connolly .... visual effects producer: Phosphene
Constance Conrad .... digital compositor: Phosphene
Chris MacKenzie .... smoke artist: Deluxe New York
Thomas Panayiotou .... digital compositor: Phosphene
Aaron Raff .... lead digital compositor: Phosphene
Ariela Rotenberg .... visual effects assistant producer: Phosphene
Scott Winston .... lead digital compositor: Phosphene
Andrew Yates .... digital compositor: Phosphene
Kevin Quinlan .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Mark Wilhelm .... digital compositor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Peter Bucossi .... stunt coordinator
Janet Paparazzo .... stunt double: Mavis
Shawnna Thibodeau .... stunt double: Mavis
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Braden Belmonte .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Ethan Borsuk .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Gregory Cahill .... best boy grip
Vincent Camuto .... video playback operator (as Vincent Camuto Jr.)
Phillip V. Caruso .... still photographer
Duane Chan-Shue .... electrician
Jesse Chertoff .... electrician
Edward Cohen .... best boy electric: Minneapolis
Joe Donohue III .... dolly grip (as Joe Donahue)
Ted Eschweiler .... video operator assistant: Minneapolis
Scott Ferril .... video playback operator: Minneapolis
Nick C. Foster .... grip: Minneapolis (as Nicholas Foster)
Joseph Gallup .... best boy grip: Minneapolis (as Joe Gallup)
Tony Hanson .... grip: Minneapolis
Zachary Henderson .... grip
Kevin Karpinski .... electrician: Minneapolis
John Keating .... grip
Denny Kortze .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Dennis Kortze)
Andrew Lang .... video playback operator
Clay Liversidge .... best boy electric
Chris Lombardozzi .... rigging gaffer
Scott Maher .... electrician
John Mazzola .... dolly grip
Michael 'Flash' McDonald .... generator operator (as Michael McDonald)
Tim Metivier .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Timothy Metivier)
Jeff Muhlstock .... camera operator "a" camera
Jeff Muhlstock .... steadicam operator
Rocco Palmieri .... rigging gaffer
John Panuccio .... key rigging grip
Katelyn Perez .... electrician
Scott H. Ramsey .... gaffer
Kyle Rudolph .... camera operator
Kyle Rudolph .... steadicam operator
David Satin .... digital imaging technician (as Dave Satin)
Lowell Schulman .... rigging best boy electric
Matthew Selkirk .... digital utility
Matt Setton .... grip (as Matthew Setton)
Charles Sherron .... key grip
Richie Sherron .... rigging grip (as Rich Sherron)
Robert Stein .... rigging grip (as Robert B. Stein)
Perry Unjang .... dolly grip (as Perry Z. Unjang)
Rebecca Venezia .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Rory Walsh .... key rigging grip
Ethan Wilhelm .... grip
Michael Winn .... grip: Minneapolis (as Mike Winn)
Richard Yacuk .... grip
Sebastián Almeida .... remote head technician (uncredited)
Kyle Blackman .... camera loader: additional (uncredited)
Aaron Jacobs .... grip (uncredited)
Craig Striano .... scorpio crane technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Diana Blue .... background casting assistant
Erin Darke .... casting assistant
Karen E. Etcoff .... background casting (as Karen Etcoff)
Matthew Feeney .... background casting: Minneapolis
Bill Tripician .... background casting assistant
Dann Fink .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Jamie Jacobson .... child extras casting (uncredited)
Bruce Winant .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barbara Hause .... costume supervisor (as Barbara J. Hause)
Cynthia Kurkowski .... seamstress: Minneapolis
Penelope Laughman .... key set costumer (as Penelope L. Laughman)
Crystal Thompson .... tailor/seamstress
Cerah Tymoshuk .... wardrobe assistant: Minneapolis
Laura Wehrman .... set costumer
Tsigie White .... assistant costume designer (as Tsigie White Robinson)
 
Editorial Department
Matt Breitenbach .... colorist assistant: dailies (as Matthew Breitenbach)
Matt Breitenbach .... digital intermediate assist
Tricia Chiarenza .... color timer
Yanosh Cuglove .... editorial intern
Shaina Holmes .... dailies project manager
Oliver Horovitz .... editorial assistant
Markus Janner .... digital intermediate recordist
Brent Kleinman .... digital intermediate engineer
Natasha Leonnet .... digital intermediate colorist
Ryan Murphy .... first assistant editor
Dave Pultz .... color timer (as David Pultz)
Anthony Raffaele .... colorist: dailies
Jonathan Sanden .... digital intermediate editor
Robert Sirianni .... video data center technician
Darrell R. Smith .... digital intermediate supervising producer
Andrew Weisblum .... addtional editor
Angel L. Acevedo III .... post-production technician: dailies (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Sterling Andrews .... assistant: Mr. Kent
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
Stephen Coleman .... music programmer
Jessica Dolinger .... music licensing
Katherine Gordon Miller .... music editor (as Katherine Miller)
Alistair South .... music assistant
Nick South .... music editor
Greg Townley .... scoring mixer
 
Transportation Department
Michael Arnold .... transportation captain: Minneapolis (as Michael Hallett-Arnold)
Kenny Gaskins .... transportation captain
James S. Keegan .... transportation captain
Andrew Garski .... driver: mechanic (uncredited)
Richard P. Pecora .... driver (uncredited)
John 'Detroit' White .... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
Seth Barrish .... adr loop group
Kati Batchelder .... office production assistant: prep
Deborah Becker .... second assistant accountant
Anne Bergstedt .... stand-in (as Anne Bergstedt Jordanova)
Gillian Brown .... assistant: Ms. Halfon
Shannon Burkett .... adr loop group
Carrie Bush .... production assistant: Minneapolis
Robert Cahoon .... assistant production coordinator
Ethan Carlson .... location assistant
Kate Checchi .... assistant: Mr. Kahane
Hailey Cho .... miscellaneous crew
Amyjoy Clark .... payroll accountant
Wendy Cohen .... product placement
Linda Colangelo .... unit publicist
Lauren Cozzens .... production secretary
Jennifer Crammer .... production coordinator (as Jen Crammer)
Rachel Crane .... adr loop group
Jean Dalsin .... production assistant: Minneapolis
Alexis Deane .... assistant: Mr. Reitman
Lauren DiLiberto .... production assistant
Myles B. Faigin .... production assistant
Dann Fink .... adr loop group
Karen Gehres .... epk producer
Andy Gilbert .... caterer: Tribe Road Catering
Jennifer Green .... physical therapist
Orit Greenberg .... location assistant
Orit Greenberg .... location scout
Timothy Gulan .... adr loop group
Doug Hall .... assistant: Mr. Smith
Hal Hamburger .... production assistant
Lori Hammel .... adr loop group
Mark Har .... location assistant: Minneapolis
Anne Healy .... location manager: Minneapolis (as Anne Healy Shapiro)
R. Richard Hobbs .... location scout
Karen Huie .... adr loop group
Michelle Israel .... production assistant
Matt Joyer .... production assistant
Emily Kacere .... assistant: Ms. Konop
Molly Katagiri .... production assistant: Minneapolis
Michelle Knudsen .... assistant: Mr. Novick
Duck Kolenik .... assistant: Ms. Cody
Ronnie Kupferwasser .... location manager
Ashley Lambert .... adr loop group
Jenny Lee .... title designer: main and end titles
Paul Lucero .... location assistant
Gabriella Ludlow .... production business and legal services: The B.A. Department
Christie Mattull .... insurance services
Lisa McPherson .... production assistant
Pete Meccio .... set medic
Ryan Murphy .... adr loop group
Suzy Myers Jackson .... adr loop group
Elizabeth Neveu .... production assistant
Mathew Noack .... unit p.a.
Tara Nostramo .... assistant: Ms. Theron
Meredith Nunnikhoven .... production assistant: Minneapolis
Riley O'Connor .... production assistant
Kelly O'Malley .... assistant: Ms. Estabrook
Jocelyn O'Shea .... production assistant
Derek Peterson .... production assistant
Peter Pyun .... location assistant
Armando Riesco .... adr loop group
Michael Riolo .... production assistant
Stacy Rowe .... script supervisor
J. Max Ruschak .... first assistant accountant
Kathi Scharer .... production accountant
Sandi Schilling .... assistant: Mr. Rales
William Sepulveda .... craft service (as Will Sepulveda)
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
Nancy Shon .... production assistant
Todd Sinkewich .... production assistant: Minneapolis
Gareth Smith .... title designer: main and end titles
Traci Spicer .... production assistant
Jonathan Stahl .... production assistant
Eugene Stamos .... craft service
Leah Stob .... craft service: Minneapolis
Amy Thompson .... production assistant: Minneapolis
Daniel Tresca .... assistant location manager (as Dan Tresca)
Dawn Urich .... craft service: Minneapolis (as Dawn A. Ulrich)
Eva Vedock .... craft service
Peter Viafane .... catering assistant: Tribe Road Catering
Matthew J. Walters .... adr loop group
Skip Whitfield .... catering assistant: Tribe Road Catering
Bruce Winant .... adr loop group (as Bruce Nielsen Winant)
Stephanie Wu .... production assistant
Liz Adams .... production assistant (uncredited)
Matthew Eberle .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Trish Gray .... location scout (uncredited)
Melissa Kalbfus .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Eric Klein .... location scout (uncredited)
Stephen H Koontz .... production assistant: Minneapolis (uncredited)
Yana Collins Lehman .... post production accountant (uncredited)
David Margulis .... location scout (uncredited)
Chris Miskiewicz .... stand-in: Brian McElhaney (uncredited)
Jennifer Quesenbery .... location scout (uncredited)
Brandon Ripley .... production assistant (uncredited)
Brandon Sines .... project manager: mastering (uncredited)
Kai Thorup .... location scout (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Michael Boucher .... in memory of
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language and some sexual content
Runtime:
94 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital | DTS (as Datasat Digital Sound) | SDDS
Certification:
Australia:MA15+ | Brazil:12 | Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Czech Republic:12 | Germany:12 | Ireland:15A | Japan:G | Malaysia:18 | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:18 (original rating) | South Korea:15 (re-rating) | Sweden:11 (DVD rating) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #46824)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the film, Mavis (Charlize Theron) drives a Mini Cooper identical to the one Stella Bridger (also played by Charlize) drives during the climactic heist in The Italian Job (2003).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Mavis is playing a music tape in her Mini Cooper (type R55) but there's never been made a tape player for this kind of car. Also the music device is not on this spot in the dashboard.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?
[...]
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Movie Connections:
References Star Wars (1977)See more »
Soundtrack:
Pressure DropSee more »

FAQ

Who sent the baby picture to Mavis ?
Did Beth know about...
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55 out of 85 people found the following review useful.
Not quite up to the hype..., 21 December 2011
Author: ldquinn from Crofton, MD, United States

This is one of those films you read about and really look forward to; but, once seen, you realize that, while good, it's not quite worthy of the build up.

Charlize Theron is quite good and makes the most of the script she has to work with. As always, hers eyes, facial expression and body language all help her bring life to the role.

Patton Oswalt also does a star turn as a bit of conscience for Charlize's character.

The story is well told, albeit a bit of a stretch. For someone reaching back to her past for a lost love, Charlize's character is quite believable; it's her long ago beau, Patrick Wilson, that's not quite up to snuff. Given that these two play off each other for a great deal of the film, it would be nicer to have had a better performer opposite her.

That said, it's worth watching, though probably a bit depressing for many viewers.

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