Young Adult

USA – Dir. Jason Reitman – 1 hr 33 min

Director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody, who made the hit film Juno, reunite with this acidic dark comedy.  It’s about a writer of “young adult” fiction who returns to her small hometown to reclaim her high school sweetheart (who, inconveniently, is now married with a baby).  Charlize Theron gives an amazing performance as an aging psycho prom-queen from hell, who is ridiculously narcissistic, yet poignantly melancholic.  Yes, this is a comedy, but a very, very dark one — Juno‘s quirky sarcasm seems cutesy-poo in comparison.  (Director Reitman continues his amazing run with this excellent follow up to Thank You For Smoking, Juno, and Up In the Air.)

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  1. Another fantastic film by Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) made with his usual stylistic flair and focus on multi-dimensional protagonists. Reitman previously brought human dimensions to a tobacco lobbyist and corporate hatchet man, but has set the bar high with Mavis Gary, an alcoholic ex-prom queen looking to relive her high school glory days. Charlize Theron, however, nails the performance, making it both sad and fascinating, once again making Reitman’s audiences waffle between hate and sympathy. Full of dark humor, it may not be the perfect holiday film, but it is one that continues to show that Reitman remains at the top of his game.

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