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“Young Adult” Needs to Grow Up

I generally like films that are … a little off. If it’s a little dark or quirky or different I’ll usually give it a chance. The trailer for “Young Adult” looked promising, but it sadly didn’t live up to it’s potential.

The film stars Charlize Theron as Mavis Gary, a ghost writer for a young adult fiction series. She seems stuck in a state of perpetual adolescence, her days are filled with “Teen Moms,” Kardashians, and Hello Kitty while she drinks her nights away. When she gets an email from her high school boyfriend (Patrick Wilson) inviting her to a baby shower she decides to head back to her small town home, along with her Pomeranian Dolce, and win him back. (Cause that’s the mature thing to do.)

This film is the collaboration of a lot of great talent. It’s written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman, who have been behind some of my favorite films (“Juno” and “Up in the Air“). It also was a talented cast, besides Theron and Wilson, there’s an outstanding supporting performance by Patton Oswalt.

I liked to story and it has some interesting characters but I couldn’t stand Mavis. Theron’s portrayal of her is excellent she just wasn’t written as a character you can like, or even tolerate. I know that may have been the point, but even when you have despicable characters you’re usually given a chance to see they’re softer side.

Mavis at the beginning of the movie is the same Mavis at the end of the movie. She’s the same Diet Coke binging, semi-alcoholic, lonely divorcee who longs for the glory days of high school and hasn’t learned about a thing after trying to steal a married man away from his wife and child. She has no redeeming qualities and has no intention of changing.

This film could have been great but ultimately falls flat. It has all the pieces but it never comes together as well as it should.

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