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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):
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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
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)
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
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)
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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During a scene where Mavis (Charlize Theron) browses in a clothing store, an assistant offers to help, and Mavis asks if they have anything by Marc Jacobs. Theron is, in reality, a big fan of the New York designer's line of fashion.See more »
Continuity: The morning after Mavis' first night home she is walking down the street in a dark shirt, zipper hoodie, and jeans and is carrying a diet coke bottle. The next scene shows her sitting on a park bench typing on her lap top wearing a striped shirt, and next to her you see a shopping bag with half of a red star visible to viewers, indicating that she went to Macy's. Then in the next scene (which is presumably the same day and same trip, as she is getting ready to see Buddy for the first time that night) she is back in her dark colored shirt while she is getting a pedicure. She doesn't wear the striped shirt and go to Macy's until the following day (the day of Beth's concert when she goes to Macy's to buy her outfit). The scenes are out of sequence.See more »
Mavis Gary:I just want you to know that I'm feeling everything that you're feeling. Buddy, these last few days have been some of the best in my life.
Buddy Slade:They have?
Mavis Gary:You don't have to pretend. I know what's in here.
[touches Buddy's forehead]
Mavis Gary:And I know what's in here.
[touches Buddy's chest]
Mavis Gary:Buddy, you're my moon. My stars. You're my whole galaxy.
Buddy Slade:[avoids a kiss from Mavis] Mavis! What are you doing?
Mavis Gary:You don't have to be afraid. It's okay. You can come to the city with me like we always planned.
Buddy Slade:What the hell are you talking about?
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42 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
Feels genuine, 16 December 2011
Author: chrismsawin from United States

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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