Young Adult [Blu-ray]
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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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Also, as far as the story arc and narrative goes, it turns in ways that are often unexpected.
Now, the bad: If you are a big fan of dark comedies, this may be your kettle of fish. Personally, I think it's incredibly difficult to pull one off well. Most of the time, they are not deeply thoughtful or unique, but as formulaic as the films they seem written to criticize--simply taking a dark left turn when most other movies would turn right. This movie falls squarely into that latter camp.
Rather than having a narrative or a character arc, Theron's Mavis careens from one train wreck to the next. [sort of spoiler] While the ending is surprising, it does not redeem the movie at all. It just left me with more questions about the odd future of this horrible person. [end spoiler]
I was glad this was an Amazon Prime movie, so I didn't have to pay more than my standard fee to watch it. If I were you, I'd definitely think twice before watching, and skip it altogether if you have to pay for it.
Want to see a great performance in a so-so movie? Then watch "Young Adult."
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