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Rated R · 94 minutes · 2011

Comedy drama, Romantic comedy
There’s a lot to like about Charlize Theron in Young Adult, even if there’s no reason at all to like the woman she portrays. Mavis Gary (Theron) writes sappy teen books for a living, and with her living, Mavis drinks until she passes out most nights. She never moved past her high school boyfriend, and now that he’s married with a new baby, Mavis decides to get him back. A real biting comedy from Juno writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman, Young Adult gives Theron a chance to use her comedic skills more than she really ever has, and she gets a great helping hand from Patton Oswalt as the high school geek who’s still a geek. The conflict that’s ultimately resolved is a little weak, but this is still a funny, occasionally pungent movie.


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Official Site: www.youngadultmovie.com
Director: Jason Reitman
Producer: Lianne Halfon, Russell Smith, Diablo Cody, Mason Novick, Jason Reitman, Nathan Kahane, John Malkovich and Steven Rales
Cast: Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson, Elizabeth Reaser, Jill Eikenberry, Mary Hurt, Collette Wolfe, Richard Bekins and Kate Nowlin

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Indy Week Charlize Theron plays a selfish writer in Young Adult This movie is about a stupid woman behaving very badly, and it's rebelliously free of redeeming values. by Nathan Gelgud 12/14/2011
Charleston City Paper In Young Adult, Charlize Theron doesn’t want to grow up A toxic spin on all of those cutesy chick flicks where career girls yearn for marriage, the latter film is the convention-busting story of semi-slovenly, semi-slatternly 37-year-old Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron), who is hellbent on busting up a marriage. by Felicia Feaster 12/14/2011
Memphis Flyer The Bitch is Back Charlize Theron is a grown-up "mean girl" up to no good in Young Adult. by Chris Herrington 12/15/2011
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Pittsburgh City Paper Young Adult A dark comedy about the perils of never growing up by Al Hoff 12/14/2011
NUVO Review: 'Young Adult' This new comedy from the team that brought you 'Juno' contains no great truths. It's simply well-written, well-acted, and entertaining. by Ed Johnson-Ott 12/14/2011
The Coast Halifax Young Adult dark, humourous and cringe-worthy Charlize Theron's Mavis both sympathetic and pathetic by Molly Segal 12/15/2011
Charleston City Paper 2011 was the year of a different heroine The cinema of 2011 offered a long overdue news flash. While our brains have been programmed from years of Kate Hudson and Katherine Heigl vehicles to think that all women wanted was a husband and a hot pair of Manolo Blahniks, this year's movies germinated the notion that things aren't quite that simple. Or simple-minded. by Felicia Feaster 12/28/2011
Creative Loafing Atlanta Young Adult loves to hate its childish heroine Charlize Theron gives hilarious performance as a former high school Heather by Curt Holman 12/15/2011
Portland Mercury Young Adult Friction Diablo Cody's Young Adult is superficially subversive. by Alison Hallett 12/15/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Chipmunks, more. 12/15/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Heroine high: Young Adult This is as much a triumph for its makers — the team behind Juno — as for its star. by Justin Strout 12/15/2011

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