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Young Adult (2011)

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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mavis Gary
... Matt Freehauf
... Buddy Slade
... Beth Slade
... Sandra Freehauf
... Hedda Gary
... David Gary
... Jan
... Mary Ellen Trantowski
... Nipple Confusion Bassist
Rebecca Hart ... Nipple Confusion Guitarist
... Front Desk Girl
... Sales Lady
... Book Associate
... Vicki


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Everyone gets old. Not everyone grows up


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

16 December 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adultos jóvenes  »


Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$310,263, 11 December 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,311,571, 23 February 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Josh Brolin was rumored to star in the movie. See more »


Mavis stops her car, reaches into her bag and gets a cassette out which can be seen to be fully rewound. When she puts it into the player it starts part way through a song. See more »


Buddy Slade: It sucks what happened to Matt. That poor guy suffered so much just for being gay.
Mavis Gary: He's not actually gay.
Buddy Slade: Yeah, I'm pretty sure he is.
Mavis Gary: No.
Buddy Slade: Didn't you call him a theater fag all the time in high school?
Mavis Gary: Theater fag is an expression, Buddy.
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.53 (2011) See more »


Written by David Lowery (as David Charles Lowery), David Faragher and Johnny Hickman (as John Hickman)
Performed by Cracker
Courtesy of Virgin Records America
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Jack-Off Stew
30 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

I have a new rule. If Diablo Cody has anything to do with a movie, I don't see it.

I had a hint of her grating lack of depth when I watched the cut scenes from Juno. I thought Juno was passable but mostly for the performances. The DVD extras actually made me like it less and I only started with cool.

Ultimately, I found myself asking what the point was. If I'm going to watch a slow-paced drama/comedy I want to either laugh a fair amount or come away with an interesting idea. The movie was neither funny (I started to be amused by the guy in the theater who started heckling it, however) nor did it have any depth.

The point seemed to ultimately celebrate the demise of one of the beautiful people who many love to hate in high school-- as young adults. It seems born from the loathing one might feel when they run into the people who were popular in high school and still seem to believe somehow that their status remains intact-- the people who ride out their lucky hand for as long as they can while not realizing that they are stunted. But why celebrate? Worse, why celebrate while pretending to stand on higher ground? The movie is a very watery and even bitter stew. There was an attempt to sweeten it up with a tender storyline about a (fellow) loser who was actually physically hurt by a gang of the beautiful people. The character was contrived from empty platitudes and generalizations and accordingly wound up being flat and lifeless.

I often wonder if people feel a sense of duty when they say they like movies like this. It's like pretending to really like the food at a dinner party when the food is ambitious but ultimately boring.

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