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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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Writer (WGA):
Diablo Cody (written by)
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16 December 2011 (USA) See more »
Everyone gets old. Not everyone grows up
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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  (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
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 Rales .... executive producer
Jason Reitman .... producer
Russell Smith .... producer
Charlize Theron .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Rolfe Kent 
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
Kevin Zimmerman .... assistant sound editor
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)
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)
Location Management
Ethan Carlson .... location assistant
Orit Greenberg .... location assistant
Orit Greenberg .... location scout
Mark Har .... location assistant: Minneapolis
Anne Healy .... location manager: Minneapolis (as Anne Healy Shapiro)
R. Richard Hobbs .... location scout
Ronnie Kupferwasser .... location manager
Paul Lucero .... location assistant
Peter Pyun .... location assistant
Daniel Tresca .... assistant location manager (as Dan Tresca)
Trish Gray .... location scout (uncredited)
Eric Klein .... location scout (uncredited)
David Margulis .... location scout (uncredited)
Jennifer Quesenbery .... location scout (uncredited)
Kai Thorup .... location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
Sterling Andrews .... assistant: Mr. Kent
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
Stephen Coleman .... music programmer
Jessica Dolinger .... music licensing
Mateo Messina .... composer: additional music
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
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
Timothy Gulan .... adr loop group
Doug Hall .... assistant: Mr. Smith
Hal Hamburger .... production assistant
Lori Hammel .... adr loop group
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
Ashley Lambert .... adr loop group
Jenny Lee .... title designer: main and end titles
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
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
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)
Greg Ferris .... marketing canada (uncredited)
Melissa Kalbfus .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Stephen H Koontz .... production assistant: Minneapolis (uncredited)
Yana Collins Lehman .... post production accountant (uncredited)
Chris Miskiewicz .... stand-in: Brian McElhaney (uncredited)
Brandon Ripley .... production assistant (uncredited)
Brandon Sines .... project manager: mastering (uncredited)
Michael Boucher .... in memory of

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Rated R for language and some sexual content
94 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital | DTS (as Datasat Digital Sound) | SDDS
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)

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Mavis' drink of choice is a Maker's Mark. In Juno (2007), also directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody, when Vanessa offers drinks, Juno asks for a Maker's Mark up.See more »
Errors in geography: The highway signs (I-35, I-535 & US Hwy 53) outside the Hampton Inn that Mavis checks into would seem to place Mercury, MN in the Duluth area, but the strip mall next door features a Chuck E. Cheese's, Raymour & Flanigan Furniture, and Liquid Ice. The nearest Chuck E. Cheese's are several hours away in the Minneapolis area. Raymour & Flanigan and Liquid Ice are chains only found in the Northeastern US (PA, NY, New England), and a highway sign seen after the interstate signs at the hotel is a New York State Route 35 sign supports that.See more »
Mavis Gary:You see that window up there?
Matt Freehauf:Yeah.
Mavis Gary:I bet Buddy is awake. Jerking off or something.
Matt Freehauf:Or perhaps he's caring for his infant daughter.
Mavis Gary:The baby, the baby.
Matt Freehauf:The problem that has no name.
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96 out of 114 people found the following review useful.
Theron Delivers the Goods as the Unrepentant Queen of Small-Town Mean, 19 December 2011
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA

Without an iota of irony, Charlize Theron finally uses her intimidating beauty for pure Machiavellian evil, and the results are fortuitous in this dark-hued 2011 comedy, the latest collaboration of director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody ("Juno"). She's absolutely spot-on terrific playing Mavis Gary, the condescending, hateful high school girl who comes back to Mercury, her podunk hometown nearly two decades later. Mavis is no Blanche Dubois-type character whose ladylike beauty has faded into a gauzy romantic delusion. No, Mavis is still one hot babe and very much the complete narcissist she was as a teenager, emotionally stunted despite her relative worldliness having moved to Minneapolis to become a ghostwriter of a series of teen novels.

It's not surprising she finds success writing for an adolescent audience since she still defines her life with teenage-level priorities and fantasies. As she has proved with "Juno", Cody is thoroughly fluent with this perspective, but the twist is that this time, it's coming from a jaded 37-year-old woman. Even though Mavis is a divorcée who lives in a high-rise apartment with a toy dog and can easily get any man she wants, she is triggered by a birth announcement email she receives from her high school sweetheart Buddy Slade and becomes fixated on getting him back all these years later. It doesn't matter that he's happily married and perfectly content living in Mercury. She concocts a scheme to make herself so alluring that he will want to run away with her. Normally, this would be an excuse for broad comedy machinations, but Theron is so gorgeous that it makes her shameless attempts at seduction all the more edgily desperate.

It's a narrowly developed plot for sure, but surprisingly, what enriches the proceedings is the unexpected relationship Mavis develops with Matt Freehauf, a sad-sack former classmate whose sole claim to notoriety was being the victim of a hate crime when he was beaten up and left for dead by a group of jocks who assumed he was gay. He has been left crippled, living in Mercury with his sister making his own home-brewed bourbon and putting together mix-and-match action figures. That Mavis and Matt connect is all the more intriguing since they were at opposite ends of the social spectrum back in school, and their present-day bond is also fueled by her obvious alcoholism, a point that is overlooked by her befuddled parents who wish to think of Mavis as the flawless pretty daughter of their own deluded fantasies. The story evolves in the direction you would expect but not before certain revelations come to light in a tortuous scene at the baby-naming party Buddy and his sensible wife Beth have with all their relatives and close friends in attendance.

Beyond Theron's fearless work and intentionally deadpan line delivery, there is comedian Patton Oswalt's surprisingly affecting performance as Matt. I only know him from his recurring role as a comical sad-sack on the sitcom "King of Queens", so it's surprising to see the amount of texture he brings to this role. As Buddy, Patrick Wilson once again plays the sought-after himbo, but this time, his character's unshaven, small-town modesty comes across as more contrite with his character's feelings toward Mavis left quite elliptical. Elizabeth Reaser ("Sweet Land") isn't given that much to do as Beth, probably by intention, but Collette Wolf has a few impactful moments as Matt's insulated sister still idolizing Mavis after all these years. As he showed with "Juno" and "Up in the Air", Reitman shows a deft hand with actors playing flawed characters who try to manipulate their circumstances but fall short of their vaunted expectations.

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