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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... See more »

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Cast

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Mavis Gary
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Matt Freehauf
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Buddy Slade
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Beth Slade
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Sandra Freehauf
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Hedda Gary
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David Gary
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Jan
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Mary Ellen Trantowski
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Nipple Confusion Bassist
Rebecca Hart ...
Nipple Confusion Guitarist
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Front Desk Girl
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Sales Lady
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Book Associate
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Vicki
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Wheelchair Mike
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Babysitter
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Date Man
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Champions Server (as Timothy Young)
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Teen Employee
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Teen Employee
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Girl
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Girl (as Aleisha Lanae Allen)
Matt Wilson ...
Teenage Clerk
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Party Guest
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Parking Attendant
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Denny's Waitress
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Young Dad
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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)
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Businessman in Skyway (uncredited)
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Business Person (uncredited)
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Guest at Baby Naming Party (uncredited)
Brent Latchaw ...
Businessman in Skyway (uncredited)
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Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
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Mavis's Publisher (uncredited) (voice)
Joel Thingvall ...
Businessman in Skyway (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jason Reitman

Written by

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Diablo Cody ... (written by)

Produced by

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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)

Music by

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Rolfe Kent

Cinematography by

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Eric Steelberg ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Dana E. Glauberman

Editorial Department

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Matt Breitenbach ... colorist assistant: dailies (as Matthew 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
Jeff Stroot ... international editor
Andrew Weisblum ... addtional editor
Angel L. Acevedo III ... post-production technician: dailies (uncredited)

Casting By

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Jessica Kelly
Suzanne Smith ... (as Susanne Smith Crowley)

Production Design by

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Kevin Thompson

Art Direction by

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Michael Ahern

Set Decoration by

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Carrie Stewart

Costume Design by

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David C. Robinson ... (as David Robinson)

Makeup Department

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Michael Barry ... 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 ... 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

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Drew Jiritano ... special effects coordinator (as Drew Jiritano Jr.)
Mike Myers ... special effects technician
Stephen Powers ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Peter Amante ... lead flame artist: 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)

Stunts

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Peter Bucossi ... stunt coordinator
Janet Paparazzo ... stunt double: Mavis
Shawnna Thibodeau ... stunt double: Mavis

Camera and Electrical Department

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Braden Belmonte ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Ethan Borsuk ... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Gregory Cahill ... best boy grip
Vincent Camuto Jr. ... video playback operator
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 / steadicam operator
Rocco Palmieri ... rigging gaffer
John Panuccio ... key rigging grip
Katelyn Perez ... electrician
Scott H. Ramsey ... gaffer
Kyle Rudolph ... camera operator / 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

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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

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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)

Location Management

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Ethan Carlson ... location assistant
Orit Greenberg ... location assistant / 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

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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

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Curtis Wade Anderson ... driver
Michael Arnold ... transportation captain: Minneapolis (as Michael Hallett-Arnold)
Kenny Gaskins ... transportation captain
James S. Keegan ... transportation captain
Gabe Turiello ... camera car process trailer driver
Andrew Garski ... driver: mechanic (uncredited)
Richard P. Pecora ... driver (uncredited)
John 'Detroit' White ... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)

Other crew

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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
Nicole DeLuca ... craft service (as NICOLE De LUCA) / craft service (as Nicole De Luca)
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)

Thanks

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Michael Boucher ... in memory of

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 another old high school colleague named Matt Freehauf. She barely remembers Matt until she is reminded that he was the "hate crime" kid i.e. he was beaten almost to death by the school jocks who believed he was gay (which he is not), which has left him among other things needing to walk with a brace. Matt ends up being Mavis' drinking buddy and confidante, Matt, in turn, who tries to be Mavis' voice of reason to get her out of her delusional state about Buddy and get a grip on reclaiming her life as a functioning adult. Written by Huggo

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Taglines Everyone gets old. Not everyone grows up. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Jovens Adultos (Brazil)
  • Spet in drugace (Slovenia)
  • Jeune adulte (Canada, French title)
  • Adultos jóvenes (Argentina)
  • Pszichoszingli (Hungary)
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Runtime
  • 94 min
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Box Office

Budget $12,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $310,263, 11 Dec 2011
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $22,939,027

Did You Know?

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Trivia The word processor file in which Mavis composes her novel throughout the film is titled "pieceofshit.doc". See more »
Goofs When Charlize Theron is sitting in KFC, the cup says KGC from one angle and then KFC from another. While thought to be a mistake, the cup reads "KGC" because for a short while, Kentucky Fried Chicken tried to rebrand itself as Kentucky Grilled Chicken, offering a healthier option to their original fried chicken. The cup bears the new, short-lived KGC logo. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode #20.53 (2011). See more »
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Quotes Mavis Gary: Hey, do you know this girl named Beth? She married Buddy Slade from school.
Sandra Freehauf: Yeah, I know that Beth.
Mavis Gary: What do you think of her?
Sandra Freehauf: I don't really like her. I mean, I think you're way prettier than she is. What happened to your dress? I'm sorry, did I say something wrong? Shit. What's wrong? What did I say?
Mavis Gary: I have a lot of problems.
Sandra Freehauf: Can't you get a new dress?
Mavis Gary: It's really difficult for me to be happy. And then for other people it just seems so simple. I know. They just grow up and they're so fulfilled.
Sandra Freehauf: I don't feel fulfilled. And frankly, if you don't feel fulfilled with all the stuff that you have.
Mavis Gary: I need to change, Sandra.
Sandra Freehauf: No you don't.
Mavis Gary: What?
Sandra Freehauf: You're the only person in Mercury who could write a book or wear a dress like that.
Mavis Gary: I'm sure there's plenty of other people who could.
Sandra Freehauf: Everyone here is fat and dumb.
Mavis Gary: Don't say that. I mean, you think so?
Sandra Freehauf: Everyone wishes that they could be like you. You know, living in the big city all famous and beautiful and all that.
Mavis Gary: I'm not really famous.
Sandra Freehauf: Well, you know, special or whatever. I mean, some days when I have a slow shift at work I'll sit and think about you living in your cool apartment, going out and stuff. It seems really nice.
Mavis Gary: Yeah, but most people here seem so happy with so little. It's like they don't even seem to care what happens to them.
Sandra Freehauf: That's because it doesn't matter what happens to them. They're nothing. Might as well die. Fuck Mercury.
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