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Young Adult [Blu-ray] (2011)

Charlize Theron , Patrick Wilson , Jason Reitman  |  R |  Blu-ray
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (666 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson
  • Directors: Jason Reitman
  • Format: Blu-ray, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (666 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005FITILO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,169 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Young Adult [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron stars as Mavis Gary, a 37-year-old former prom queen, and current writer of young adult novels, who returns home to relive her glory days and win back her now-married high school sweetheart.  When she finds her homecoming more challenging than expected, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate and both must face the harsh realities of growing up in this brilliant and bittersweet story critics are hailing as a “one-of-a kind comedy”* and “quirky, funny, heartfelt.”**  *Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly ** Manny, DeLa Rose, NBC TV

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176 of 187 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
In the latest collaboration between director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody (they gave us "Juno" and she won a Screenplay Oscar in the process), our protagonists may be older, but that doesn't make them any wiser. In fact, Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) still resides in the rarefied land where her high school days were the pinnacle of her success. She has an idealized memory of her popularity and perceived true love (Patrick Wilson), so when confronted with the disappointments in her big city existence--she attempts to reclaim some of her former glory. Specifically, she hatches a plot to return to her home town and rescue Wilson from what she believes is his domestic prison--namely a wife (Elizabeth Reaser) and new baby. "Young Adult" is marketed as a black comedy, and it certainly has some of the most awkward and uncomfortable humor that you're likely to encounter. But in essence, it seems like a dramatic character study whose narrative arc is depicted largely through bitterly funny encounters. This squirm inducing film has plenty of laugh out loud moments, but its truthfulness (and underlying sadness) resonate long after the film ends.

In many ways, that's what really makes "Young Adult" a stand-out. Cody, dispensing with the rapid fire pop culture referencing she's known for, creates someone very believable and human in Mavis Gary. Selfish, vindictive, delusional--she is not a particularly nice person. She wears a veneer of confidence like a suit of armor, but all the cracks are starting to show. It is an uncompromising role, and Theron inhabits it with a fearless aggression. It may be one of my favorite performances of the year. Like a fine balancing act, the film never makes Theron a cartoon villain (which would happen in most other movies).
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Just Don't See It January 18, 2013
Format:DVD
I saw this film in the theatre when it came out and saw it again on tv the other night. I am struck by the dichotomy of Amazon's reviews and wonder how so many viewers could hold such opposite opinions. See for yourself: at this writing, 104 four and five stars, 85 one stars. I conclude this excellent character study of a narcissist steps on a lot of toes. Why else the near hatred reserved for this film? A few thoughtful reviewers did note a similarity between themselves and the Mavis character, so someone got something substantive, maybe even insightful, from it, unlike those who found it a `waste of my life'. Hmmm.
At any rate, Young Adult has many attributes: the acting by Charlize Theron and others is spot-on; scenes that may appear throw-away or uneventful to some reveal personality. One reviewer questioned the manicure scenes: but what normal woman would get two manicures in two days? No one. Only a self-obsessed, desperate woman would think changing the color of her nails is going to make someone else's husband fall for her. She ignores or resents her only friend, a Pomeranian. She relates to a hotel clerk and others with gratuitous lying, mostly about how she came to be in town at all ("real estate thing"). Her contempt for others is palpable; and what about the self-contempt? Her slatternly lifestyle is on parade through her apartment, vehicle, diet, and wardrobe. It's as if she thinks her beauty is enough, but the truth is beginning to break through and make her miserable. And while there are `darkly comic' moments, this film is anything but a comedy. Observe the train wreck unfold.
Through minute chinks, the truth outs itself. Mavis flatly states to her clueless parents "I may be an alcoholic" and they brush it off.
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51 of 60 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Truth Hurts, Donut? April 7, 2012
By Julie
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[Spoiler alert] This was a tough watch. I expected anti-hero dark comedy, but it's far more dark than comedy. Sure, we're given plenty of the 'oblivious beauty queen in state of painfully arrested development.' It was fun watching her attempts to skew reality in the way that best suited her needs; that's the defining trait of the Mean Girls, after all. Then the pity happens. We see that she's seriously broken under there, and we're expected to feel bad for her. Poor, sad drunk pretty girl. And just when she seems to be at the brink of a genuine breakthrough, she hops back into her broken life and drives away.

While I admit that a magical Romey & Michelle redemption for Mavis would have infuriated me, it would've been nice to see that she learned even the slightest bit from her escapade. But the fact is, some people simply don't learn. They peak at 17, then face 60 long years of mediocrity. That's an ugly truth. Some people have their lives utterly ruined at 17 and never quite get over it, and that is also true. So don't expect a quippy, quirky, long overdue hair-pulling for the mean girl 'cause this ain't it. DO, however, look for brilliant and nuanced performances from both Theron and Oswalt. They both dig right to the center of these characters and own every bit of their frailty and ugliness and complexity.
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72 of 88 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reitman an auter? Maybe. December 29, 2011
Format:DVD
Thought I'd put in my two cents. Unlike his father, Reitman is rapidly becoming a genuine American auteur. No one working in Hollywood today gets the incipient loneliness and social malaise of post-modern America, "How we live today," as it were. His last two films, this one and Up in the Air, totally nail all the odd comic elements of a society going joylessly through the motions - the sterility and formlessness of airport culture, the soulless vapidity of small town life, the weird highway ramp hotel non-culture, successful people trapped in their own self-made defensive cocoons, not to mention the perverse enjoyment of misery and depression fueled by endless booze and empty sex..Reitman is basically aiming his films at people who read things other that Twilight. He is drawn to writers like Walter Kirn and Diablo Cody because they seem to have something to say about the sad Way We Live Now that is not driven by research and age demos. The irony of Mavis, the ultimate "hip" urban creature, confessing that what she really wanted was to be a "square", and the defenses she erected to combat that failure, is the sort of irony that would make people walk out, I suppose. Give it up for Charlize, totally fearless, who gets something about the world we live in that should be explored. Like Carlin once said, "What, are you gonna eat at Wendy's and read USA Today till the end of time???" I also was the only one laughing at lots of the lines. So what? These folks are playing to those select move goers who are too hip for the room. Don't those moviegoers deserve a few annual gifts in a world of creeping meatballism? But don't expect too many of these types of films a year..Just be thankful when they come along...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Movie I've seen in a long time!
I never heard of the movie before browsing Amazon but seeing Charlize in a Jason Reitman film got me interested. I kept waiting for something to happen and it didn't. Read more
Published 14 hours ago by Rapunzel
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I'm usually a fan of Charlize Theron's work but I was unable to muster any care factor for the character she played here, and I found the plot trite and predictable. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Julee A. Veljanovski
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! Highly recommend!
This is an amazing and underrated little movie. It's also a bit misunderstood (just like the main character) because it's extremely subtle. Read more
Published 8 days ago by MG
2.0 out of 5 stars Wasted my life
I kept watching to see how this would end. And then I felt cheated, cheated out of time watching this stupid movie. Read more
Published 9 days ago by elrod
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
I liked this movie! Entertaining and gives you perspective of life after a certain age. I really recommend this movie.
Published 9 days ago by Glomarie Echevarria
3.0 out of 5 stars Sad character
Charlize Theron plays a very pitiful character in this movie; an alcoholic who is trying to rekindle a romance with her former high school flame who is now married and has a child. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Glasgowgal
2.0 out of 5 stars This movie was not worth my time.
This movie was not worth my time. It was not very well done. Had some good parts and ideas, but I would not recommend it.
Published 11 days ago by txfminde
2.0 out of 5 stars Young adult
I thought it was going to be a funny movie but I have seen way better movies. Charlize Theron was a great actress but not the best storyline
Published 13 days ago by Jack
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time
Depressing and awful even though the acting was solid. There is not positive resolution in this film and the main character is a narcissit so it was painful to watch.
Published 16 days ago by Kate Neligan
1.0 out of 5 stars Meh
Eh Slightly entertaining. I'd never watch it again. Kind of depressing. Left you with a feeling of, "really?? That's it??."
Published 16 days ago by Arin yttre
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