Mavis Gary, (Charlize Theron) 37, has a very pretty face and very pretty hair...except for the bald spot on the back of her head...Seems Mavis has a nasty little habit of pulling out her hair, when ever the mood strikes her.
She also has a highrise apartment overlooking the Minneapolis skyline and an adorable, Pomerian (are there any other kind) named, Dolce.
Mavis is a writer of a once popular series of Young Adult, aka teenage books featuring, a girl named Kendra. The series is coming to an end...that is if Mavis can ever finish the last and final book. Well, you can't really blame the lady for being distracted...
Mavis has just gotten an email announcing the birth of a baby...And it's not just any baby. This one belongs to her highschool boyfriend of four years, Buddy Slade, (Patrick Wilson)...The love of her life. What's he doing having a baby with another woman?
Buddy Slade is suppose to be with her. They are meant to be together. So, there's only one thing left for Mavis to do.. . Grab the dog, her laptop, a big bottle of coca-cola, jump into her little car and head back home to...Geary, Minnesota...where she and Buddy will reunite and sail off into the sunset.
However, when she arrives in Geary, Mavis gets a few surprises.
One of them is, Matt Freehauf, (Patton Oswawlt) A guy she ignored in highschool, even though their lockers were next to each other.
Matt is as damaged as Mavis...Both of them are locked in the past but for different reasons. It's through this unexpected friendship, as well as her reunion with Buddy and his new bride, (Elizabeth Reasor) that sends Mavis on a journey of self-discovery that allows her to see that, just maybe, the glory days of highschool, weren't all that glorious, afterall.
Mavis is a complex, sad, lonely, funny, outrageous woman and Miss Theron nails every aspect of this character. Come Oscar time, I'd be very surprised if she didn't find her name in the best actress category.
Diablo Cody has written a beautiful, quirky film about the choices a person makes and sometimes, even when we're all grown up, we can still be a young adult.
I gave 'Young Adult' which opens in theaters, Friday December 9, 2011 four bagels out of five. John of course had a slightly different opinion about this movie. Check out our video to see his bagel award.
***1/2 out of **** Mavis (Charlize Theron) has hit rock bottom. Once a writer of a popular series of young adult novels - and currently working on the final chapter reluctantly and at a ridiculously slow pace - she now retires to her apartment in Minneapolis; unhappy, unsatisfied, and unmarried. She gets calls from her publisher throughout the day, meets with the few friends that she has, and otherwise just lies around the house all day. She starts the morning by chugging … more
Star Rating: Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) makes a living ghostwriting novels geared towards the tween crowd. They call this Young Adult Fiction – YA in publisher’s lingo. The books are part of a series created by another author. They were at one time incredibly popular. Now, the series has been cancelled. The book she’s currently writing will be the final installment. Although she gets by financially, she does not live the glamorous life of … more
YOUNG ADULT Written by Diablo Cody Directed by Jason Reitman Starring Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt and Patrick Wilson Buddy Slade: Mavis, I’m a married man. Mavis Gary: I know. We can beat this thing together. Mavis Gary (the always stunning, Charlize Theron) wakes up, it would seem, most days face down in her pillow, still wearing her makeup and heels from the previous night of debauchery. When she comes to, she immediately reaches for the nearest 2L bottle of Diet … more
My husband (creator of the cult classic films FACES OF DEATH) andmyself (actress/screenwriter) are ex New Yorkers, see alot of films and usually disagree. So our friends decided that we need a review … more
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