DVD Review: Charlize Theron In Jason Reitman's YOUNG ADULT - Movies In Focus
Young Adult is an odd movie. It’s kind of like My Best Friend’s Wedding, but rather than giving it the Hollywood sheen and making the protagonist as appealing as possible, director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody appear to have gone out of their way to steer Charlize Theron’s Mavis Gary in the opposite direction. It makes for solid, if uncomfortable viewing – it’s a brave move that doesn’t quite work. Theron’s Mavis is a writer of young adult literature (I’m pretty sure that’s an oxymoron, but anyway) who discovers that her old High School boyfriend, Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson) has recently had a child with his wife. Mavis travels to her old hometown of Mercury in an attempt to woo him back and relive their glory days as a couple. On arrival she meets Matt Freehauf (Patton Oswalt), a former classmate who she once ignored. The pair strike up an unlikely friendship as Mavis struggles to come to terms with her unhappy existence. You could say that Young Adult is the first film in Charlize Theron’s ‘Bitch Trilogy’, as she followed it up with Snow White and The Huntsman and Prometheus, three films where she plays far from likeable [...]