Young Adult needs time to grow up

12 Dec


I was looking forward to director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody teaming up again working together on Juno, but their new project, Young Adult was somewhat of a let down. It is a dark comedy about Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron), a recently divorced, depressed, alcoholic ghostwriter of a series of young adult novels that is facing cancellation.  She receives an e-mail from her high school sweetheart. She decides to return to her hometown to win him back, but he is happily married with a newborn. The premise sounds great and the story is not to far from the truth, but the plot is a little lean and the film, unfortunately is forgettable.

Of course, Theron delivers a worthy performance that will make most audiences cringe with embarrassment because we are guilty of making these kind of egocentric decisions at some point in our lives. But like, Mavis Gary, Young Adult needs time to grow up.


Adam’s Grade: B

Chuck’s Grade: N/A

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