Ghostwriter, Mavis Gary, returns to her small hometown to win her high school boyfriend back, not having a care in the world that he is happily married.
After her incredible performance in the film Monster, Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron proved that she can handle anything thrown at her. But with a completely different role in Young Adult, Theron impresses us yet again.
We usually have a love-hate relationship feeling for a films ‘bad guy.’ We hate their guts, but we can’t get enough of them: Bellatrix Lestrange/Harry Potter, Harvey Dent/The DarkKnight, Tyler Durden/Fight Club, to name a few. However, this is not the case for Theron’s character, Mavis Gary. From the very beginning, as much as she makes us laugh, we just don’t like the girl and feel no sympathy for her throughout the movie. If anything, as the film continues, she’s an even bigger pain.
Mavis Gary’s close minded judgment believes she’s living the glamorous city life that every girl dreams of. She is the author of a popular young adult novel and lives in a luxurious apartment with her cute Pomeranian. In reality though, she’s the ghostwriter of a cancelled tween series, her shabby apartment is as chaotic as her mind, her adorable puppy is neglected and more of an accessory to her, she has no friends, she’s an alcoholic, and…well, need I go on? So when she receives an email containing the photo of her high school sweetheart’s new daughter, her decision to go back to her small hometown, or as she calls it, ‘hick town’, to rekindle the flame, comes as no surprise.
Her ex, Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson), is happily married and a new father, but a silly marriage and child isn’t stopping Mavis! She makes it to town and pours out her teenage feelings only to receive some nasty results unlike anything she expected.
Along for the ride is also another former classmate, Matt Freehauf (Patton Oswalt), who cautions her to stay away from Slade after learning her scheme. When her plans take a nosedive, Matt and Mavis form an unusual bond; one that I think was not necessary and could have lived without watching. I also felt like the ending was a bit too inconclusive. I wanted to see more and watch her character grow, but it’s left for our imagination to decide.
If you’re considering renting or buying Young Adult on DVD or Blu-ray, be warned that just because it’s brought to us by the same people that gave us Juno (director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody) Young Adult is not nearly as great. Still, it’s not bad at all. With Charlize Theron alone, Young Adult is worth your time and money.
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- Rated R
- Running time: 94 minutes
Blu-ray features include:
- Audio Commentary
- Misery Loves Company: The Making of Young Adult
- The Awful Truth: Deconstructing a Scene
- Deleted scenes
- And more…
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