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
Jason Reitman personally asked Charlize Theron to star in the film, at the 2009 Oscars. See more »
Mavis's car, earlier in the movie when struck to a post in the parking lot, has only the bonnet deformed with lights intact. Later when she is shown driving it again the lights are messed up too. See more »
Written by Nina Gordon
Performed by Veruca Salt
Courtesy of Outpost Recordings/Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises See more »
Terrific acting performance. True to life story. Original. Bleak, yet impressive.
These kind of stories about loosers dont get made a lot. NOT a crowd pleaser. Dont think for a second you will get to see Charlize Theron in any kind of hot or glamorous scenes. She plays a character that is dead inside. Mentally scarred for life. But she is unaware of it. She is about to find out though when she revisits her old highschool friends.
Some movies are simply a kick in my gut. This is one of those. I would not recommend it to any of my friends who want to be entertained. BUT if one wants to see a really true to life story about PAIN and ISOLATION then this is the movie for you...
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