Young Adult (2011)

“Young Adult” is a dark comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody. The film was released in 2011 and stars Charlize Theron as Mavis Gary, a former high school “popular girl” who returns to her hometown with the intention of rekindling a romance with her high school sweetheart, despite the fact that he is now married and has a newborn child.

The film explores themes of nostalgia, insecurity, and personal growth, as Mavis struggles to come to terms with the fact that her life has not turned out as she expected it to. She forms an unlikely friendship with Matt Freehauf (Patton Oswalt), a former classmate who was brutally attacked in high school and is now disabled, as they both try to find a sense of purpose and fulfillment in their lives.

“Young Adult” is notable for its realistic and nuanced portrayal of its characters, particularly Mavis, who is often unlikable and flawed, but ultimately sympathetic. Theron’s performance is praised for its depth and complexity, as she brings a sense of vulnerability and self-awareness to a character who could easily have been one-dimensional.

“Young Adult” is a thought-provoking and entertaining film that challenges traditional Hollywood conventions and offers a fresh perspective on the coming-of-age genre. It is a must-see for fans of dark comedies and character-driven dramas.

Duration: 94 min.

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