Young Adult
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Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary, a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). When returning home proves more difficult than she thought, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt) who hasn't quite gotten over high school, either. -- (C) Paramount

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There has always been something so inward about [Theron;] she can seem detached or deprived. But here it's as if the script and the direction felt bound to heed that loneliness, and let the actress go with her bravery and the depressive sag of her mouth."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"There's little about Mavis that makes for feel-good revelry. That's an understatement, perhaps. Yet, Theron's work feels true to Mavis' malaise -- and often, just as sad."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Kudos to Reitman, Cody, and Theron for crafting such a great bastard-ess, who you'll either feel empathy, like myself, or uncontrollable hatred for."
‑ Jack Giroux, Film School Rejects
""Young Adult" is not a terrible film, just one that was not thought out very well."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman have still managed to get at a fundamental truth that screenplays traditionally ignore. People don't change. Character "arc" is one of those myths that movies perpetuate."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"There is a raw honesty here rare in movies, and it's very funny too - excruciating at times."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"As good as Theron and Oswalt are, and they're very good, Young Adult doesn't give them enough room to breathe."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"You sense the teeth-chattering chill almost as deeply as you admire the bravery of a pitch-black performance by Theron that begs nothing but contempt for her scurrilous Mavis Gary."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Theron crushes the role, channeling her best Mean Girls impression, providing Mavis a riotously self-centered persona."
‑ Erick Weber, NECN
"It's so rare that women get to play fully rounded, three dimensional, flawed human beings, that's it's almost kind of unsettling to realise that's what's going on here."
‑ Catherine Bray, Film4
"Young Adult may be the year's most engaging feel-bad movie."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"A low-key, indie-style comedy that plays precariously close to an unfunny sociopathic case study."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Jason Reitman and Charlize Theron create a realistic insight into what happens to the popular high school student who can't adjust to the real world in Young Adult."
‑ Karen Benardello, We Got This Covered
"You're squirming watching this abhorrent behaviour and you're challenged to re-evaluate your golden perception of the past. Young Adult isn't going to be exactly what you expect - enjoy it. It's a nice relief to be surprised."
‑ Blake Howard, 2UE That Movie Show
"A cautionary tale? A slice of life? A demeaning of big-city shallowness or small-town complacency? Who knows. It's certainly a depressing black comedy."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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