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.

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Jason Reitman

Writer:

Diablo Cody
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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 Rebecca Hart ... Nipple Confusion Guitarist
Louisa Krause ... Front Desk Girl
Elizabeth Ward Land ... Sales Lady
Brian McElhaney ... Book Associate
Hettienne Park ... Vicki
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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 Huggo

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Everyone gets old. Not everyone grows up.

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Comedy | Drama

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

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Jason Reitman personally asked Charlize Theron to star in the film, at the 2009 Oscars. See more »

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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 »

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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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Written by Nina Gordon
Performed by Veruca Salt
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Terrific acting performance. True to life story. Original. Bleak, yet impressive.
8 February 2020 | by imseegSee all my reviews

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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Language:

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Release Date:

16 December 2011 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$310,263, 11 December 2011

Gross USA:

$16,311,571

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,939,027
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