Movie Review: Young Adult

| 19 January , 2012 | Reply

Directed by: Jason Reitman
Starring: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson and Patton Oswalt
Sassi’s Star Rating:  4/5

Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary, a writer of young adult literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson).  When returning home proves more difficult than she thought, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate Matt Freehauf (Patton Oswalt) who hasn\’t quite gotten over high school, either.

Young Adult opens with Mavis struggling with her next teen novel, which is the last in a series; consequently,  she must let go of the characters to whom she has become attached.

Mavis receives an email proudly informing her that Buddy and his wife have just had a baby girl!   Mavis sees this as her chance to try to rekindle the flame with Buddy played by the gorgeous Patrick Wilson and she decides to return to her hometown.

Wrong? Completely!

The consequences?  Equal parts funny and poignant.

If you liked Juno you’ll love Young Adult. Directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Coby, the film may be seen as the coming of age of Reitman\’s Juno and is equally loveable and loathable.

At the heart of Young Adult is the premise that the good old days may not have been that good and that possibly with some perseverance, the best is yet to come. Encapsulating this theme is Patton Oswalt\’s character Matt – who deserves every accolade that comes his way for his performance in this movie.

You can never be quite sure of Buddy Slade\’s agenda; while he is unbelievably good to look at his motives make you want to look the other way.

There are more than a few laugh-out-loud moments. The film\’s parody of modern culture is pure brilliance. The snippets of reality TV shows, Mavis\’ hello kitty t-shirts, her junk food addiction, and her neglected “handbag” Pomeranian dog are a fantastic few of them!

Charlize Theron is brilliantly cast as hot-mess Mavis, who has an ability to make her character simultaneously likeable and detestable.  She has an incredible ability to make a tracky dacks and panda eyes combination look sexier than it would on anyone else!

If you’re having a high school reunion this year and you’re concerned about going, see Young Adult first. Then go to your reunion and have a great time, knowing that the only way is up!

 Young Adult is in cinemas now.


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