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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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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For some resin this movie seems to have gone completely under the radar.
I love this one.
Great acting but main character doesn't evolve, leaving the audience wondering what was that for?Published 2 months ago by Carol Majewski
It's not an easy film to watch but very real. If you're not into gritty, real... depressing... don't do it. Charlize was awesome as usual.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This movie was fantastic-- same director as UP IN THE AIR, with George Clooney. This movie is original with a great cast of characters. Charlize Theron nails it! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Meli D.
I enjoyed this movie it's very cute, about a woman who's gotten "off track" in her life and finds her way through including making some big messes.Published 5 months ago by kew
Thought I had ordered a comedy, noooooo. Theron played role very well, didn't like the script at all. Felt so bad for the dog & worried about it during the entire movie.Published 5 months ago by Sandy Lufkin