I have to say, this movie was somehow right up my alley. Many have commented they found the movie hard to watch or they didn't like Mavis...
...and yes, she is of course in many ways a self-centered bitch, but I also found so many things I have in common with her. Which may say a lot about me, but hey, what the hell :)
I'm not the same type exactly (never have been this popular and certainly am not as indifferent towards other people's feelings) - but the sense of not belonging with anyone, finding it hard to be happy sometimes, preferring the big city to small and suffocating towns and communities... that's definitely familiar.What Mavis said in her conversation with Sandra towards the end I found extremely touching, how lots of people seem to just live their everyday lives, not even minding what happens to them, or being content just as long as everything is "normal"... and never feeling the urgent need to change something or some sort of inexplicable despair. I can totally relate to that.
I just thought all the conflicts and feelings within Mavis were portrayed so wonderfully - great script and great acting by Charlize Theron, love her. 4 years 3 months ago
This is the biggest directorial leap of Reitman's ever-improving career. UITA, TYFS, Juno all rely on superimposed text and animations to guide their worlds. After a beautiful title sequence focusing on a playing cassette, Reitman loosens his grip and gets the hell out of the way so Charlize (and later Patton) can take the stage. Young Adult's low-key nature means that it will forever be the under-seen and under-loved of the director's works.
Mavis the unrepentant aging high-schooler is Diablo Cody's best character since Mark/Jason Bateman in Juno (and I suspect those two would have a lot to talk about). Her selfish actions make complete sense even before the big reveal. Then she dives into ignorance after just teasing the prospect of evolution. Absolutely perfect.
Can't wait to watch again. 7 years 4 months ago
Jason Reitman has yet to make a film I don't want to watch multiple times. His newest is Young Adult, written by Juno's Diablo Cody, and it's an impressive vehicle for Charleze Theron. She plays a writer of young adult fiction suffering from depression who returns to her home town to get her currently married old flame back, and connects instead with a crippled geek from her class played by Patton Oswalt. Theron manages to make you laugh and break your heart, sometimes in the same scene, and I'm happy to report that Cody's dialog is a lot less mannered than it was in Juno. It's a film with a largely ambiguous ending, or maybe I should call it ambivalent, which makes it more realistic and believable. On the commentary track, Reitman says the movie is meant to make you uncomfortable. If by that he means it confounds movie expectations, then he succeeds. I suggest showing it to your favorite romantic comedy addict. 4 years ago