Young Adult

Young Adult

Blu-ray Disc - 2012
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Mavis Gary is 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. When returning home proves more difficult than she thought, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate who hasn't quite gotten over high school, either. Special features: commentary, deleted scenes, featurettes, and Q & A featuring Janet Maslin and Jason Reitman.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment, 2012
Branch Call Number: YOU
Characteristics: 1 Blu-ray disc (93 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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LPL_KimberlyL Aug 28, 2016

Mavis Gary is not likable--in fact, she can be considered a terrible person. After getting an email from an ex-boyfriend, she decides that he is unhappy, "a hostage" in his suburban life with his newborn infant and wife, and she decides to revisit her hometown to win him back. This movie is often uncomfortable with too many cringe-worthy moments to count. It's also a painfully realistic depiction of depression and alcoholism, and isn't quite the comedy that it was originally marketed as. This is for those who like dark humor and intense character studies.

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lukasevansherman
Aug 22, 2015

People seem mad that they thought this was a comedy and it's not. Perhaps read a review or two first? "Young Adult" is from director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody, the team behind the inexplicably popular "Juno." Those expecting a similar film will be disappointed. As others have pointed out, this is not a happy film and the protagonist is difficult and rather unlikable, which appears to be a deal breaker for some viewers. Charlize Theron plays Mavis (an unlikely name), a beautiful writer who is also depressed, alcoholic, and possibly mentally ill. She returns to her sleepy hometown with the intention of winning back her high school boyfriend (Patrick Wilson), who is happily married and has a new baby. She also strikes up an unlikely friendship with a former classmate, a nerdy cripple played by comedian Patton Oswalt. There are a number of improbabilities to deal with (like why is Theron so into Wilson, who is so boring) and it's an erratic film with zero visual style. But Theron, embracing the abrasiveness of her character, and Oswalt, who is equally unhappy, make the film work. It avoids "redemption" and "redeeming" qualities, but that's a strength for me. Clearly they didn't know how to end it. Give it a chance though. 90s music fans will appreciate the prominent use of Teenage Fanclub's "The Concept."

Chapel_Hill_StephenA Aug 17, 2015

This is the ultimate feel bad movie. You will hate Charlize Theron's character. You will feel ridiculously uncomfortable for long stretches of this movie. You will want to cover your eyes during some key scenes toward the end. That said, this movie is totally enrapturing. For as horrible of a human as Mavis is, she is deeply flawed, very relatable (at least for me, which is probably a commentary on my own instability but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯) and totally interesting character. Is this a date movie or a family movie? Absolutely not. You should still watch this, but prepare for a bumpy ride.

Quimeras Jul 22, 2015

It is quite a challenge to find something positive to say about this movie. I like Oscar winner Charlize Theron but she needs to start being more selective about her projects.

IngloriousBelcher Sep 14, 2014

Love Charlize Theron & Patton Oswalt, but this was painful to watch. Uncomfortably bad. I tried to get through it, hoping that the ending would provide some redemption... NOPE.

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pinky0203
May 09, 2014

Rather disappointing......

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jprophet
Apr 30, 2014

Terrible movie. Nothing redeemable about it. Kept trying to give it a chance... But it remained consistently a waste of time in the end.

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AlizontheAmazon
Nov 12, 2013

This actually turned out to be a fairly depressing movie. Not that it wasn't good, but it wasn't the movie I expected. Worth watching though.

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neonkc
Jun 14, 2013

that boring

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britprincess1
Jun 11, 2013

This film is an interesting take on arrested development. It's not completely unheard of for a villain to be a hero (for example, Gone with the Wind and The Social Network show horrible characters in the spotlight), but for the most part, these anti-heroes have some redeeming qualities. In the case of Young Adult, Mavis is a protagonist that you hate. She's sad, she's pathetic, she's horrible. But who wants to feel for her? It's a miracle really that such a seedy character carries the film so well. Showing that you can go home again, but some people just never change, this film is an interesting and far more adult take on the kind of stories Diablo Cody usually creates. Fans of films like Juno may be disappointed as this film lacks that sugar-sweet heart-of-gold sensibility, and the sense of humour tastes as bitter as the alcohol the protagonist swills. But for a reality check for those who feel envy and then spite for those spoiled with everything for what seems like eternity (whether it be a high school mean girl or just a horrible acquaintance in adulthood), this film gives us catharsis in a overly large, hard-to-swallow gulps.

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britprincess1
Jun 11, 2013

"Mavis, I would keep all of this to yourself."

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britprincess1
Jun 11, 2013

"Mavis, I would keep all of this to yourself."

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britprincess1
Jun 11, 2013

"The kid's here. She had it already. That's cool. I've got baggage, too."

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britprincess1
Jun 11, 2013

"The kid's here. She had it already. That's cool. I've got baggage, too."

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britprincess1
Jun 11, 2013

"The baby, the baby..." "The problem that has no name."

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britprincess1
Jun 11, 2013

"The baby, the baby..." "The problem that has no name."

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britprincess1
Jun 11, 2013

"It wasn't her fault that she was named prom queen ... of a neighbouring high school."

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britprincess1
Jun 11, 2013

"It wasn't her fault that she was named prom queen ... of a neighbouring high school."

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britprincess1
Jun 11, 2013

"Whatever, book man."

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britprincess1
Jun 11, 2013

"Whatever, book man."

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britprincess1
Jun 11, 2013

Coarse Language: No nudity or graphic sexuality at all, but there are mentions of sex acts, meaning periodically you may hear any kind of word from "jerk" to "hump".

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britprincess1
Jun 11, 2013

Other: One character is a victim of extreme bullying and you see the severeness of the pain inflicted upon him years after the fact.

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britprincess1
Jun 11, 2013

Other: One character is a victim of extreme bullying and you see the severeness of the pain inflicted upon him years after the fact.

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britprincess1
Jun 11, 2013

Coarse Language: No nudity or graphic sexuality at all, but there are mentions of sex acts, meaning periodically you may hear any kind of word from "jerk" to "hump".

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NJtoTX
Dec 30, 2012

NJtoTX thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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bdls206
Mar 25, 2012

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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bdls206
Mar 25, 2012

Soon after her divorce, a fiction writer returns to her home in small-town Minnesota, looking to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend, who is now happily married and has a newborn daughter.

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