Young Adult Reviews
March 28, 2012
Subtly hilarious, very enjoyable. Theron owns her role
August 20, 2011
Funny movie. Great performances
January 27, 2013
Patton Oswalt gives an excellent performance and Charlize Theron plays such a good bitch.
December 1, 2014
It's portrayal of someone who didn't know how to "grow up" is pretty accurate, and it tells it in a humorous way, which pulls off as a great movie.
June 1, 2012
Charlize Theron was awesome but meh.
December 26, 2011
Reminds me of someone I know lol.
October 30, 2014
The authoress of the titular genre is also the female protagonists she writes about - pretty, spoilt and mean. Theron is terrific as the mildly psychotic homecoming prom queen who comes pursuing her happiness and her already married high school sweetheart and has a rude awakening to an actual adulthood.
August 29, 2013
Harsh, dark, and hilarious, "Young Adult" is owed a great debt to Theron, who turns in an unbelievably layered performance as a young adult author living a prolonged adolescence.
September 16, 2014
Related to it. Didn't like the ending.
October 12, 2014
Charlize Theron as Mavis sold this show for me- she was such a bitch but I just loved her.
October 9, 2014
I officially don't like Diablo Cody. ┬ Juno was nice and quirky, made even more appealing by Ellen Page. ┬ However, after that abysmal show, The United States of Tara and now this poorly written movie, I'm convicted that, while performances, like the superb ones by Patton Oswalt and Charlize Theron in Young Adult, can enhance bad writing, it can't mask it. ┬ This movie is full of holes, the inability to stay focused on a solid story and, at the beginning, painfully dull. ┬ By the end, I'm affected by Charlize's near-perfect portrayal of a self-righteous, arrogant, narcissistic depressive, so she played the part well. ┬ In fact, I'd even go so far as to say that Diablo's screenplay could have had a hand I how this messed up character is displayed, but the overall story is choppy, poorly plotted and void of basic comprehension in certain areas that I feel as though I could have written it
October 2, 2014
It probably should not be dubbed a comedy as it is more tragic & somber than funny, but it still has a well delevered if clichÚ message.
|John Eric D.||
September 29, 2014
Charlize Theron is being a messy, dark and being so crazy. A woman chasing this ex bf on her old town which made her depression cause shes crazy in love with this guy Buddy Slade. Charlize is amazing in it. She is so awesome on her comeback performance, she is just being natural and wild at the same time on this very complicated role of a woman. Though the film is not being funny, but it tells a story of the dark side of a martyr woman that somebody could relate off. Amazing screenplay, amazing performances, and another "must see" Reitman film for young adults like us.
September 29, 2014
The story is fairly clunky, but this dark comedy does feature razor-sharp wit, wisdom, and a fantastic performance by Charlize Theron.
September 23, 2014
Theron was awesome but don't forget Patton Oswalt in his most funniest yet saddest performance to date.
|Leonardo - Malacay - S||
September 21, 2014
Diablo y Reitman que buena combinaciˇn, una historia sobre seguir a delante.
October 19, 2010
dark but funny comedy with some great moments and a standout performance from Theron.
August 15, 2014
Review In A Nutshell:
Young Adult was like a breath of fresh air when I saw it for the first time. It took themes that have been recycled repeatedly, and sucker punch the audience with its final act. I distinctively remember jumping out of my seat when I first viewed the film's final 20 minutes as it came at me with such force that even after the film was over, I was still dwelling on how amazingly wicked and shocking it was. Young Adult isn't a film that would appeal to everyone, but if one sees it at the right place and time, then no question that one would label this film as entertainingly remarkable.
As I have said in the introduction, films that have used similar themes of growth, city vs suburbia, and the reminiscence of youth have always been shaped in the genres that appeals to the younger audiences and delivers it in such a way that comes off as predictable and unworthy of genuine emotion. Young Adult goes against those by taking its subject with such seriousness that audiences can actually attach themselves with the feelings and issues of the protagonist; even if who the audience is following contains such an unappealing personality, one can't help but be intrigued on how the film would turn out.
Just watching our protagonist, Mavis Gary, come back to her old life, determined to capture the glory and beauty that defined her high school experience. On paper, it seems like a full-fledged comedy, but the film isn't like that at all, instead what we get is a drama that takes its subject so seriously that some of its pieces come off as darkly comedic. There were multiple moments in this film that I was laughing but at the same time cringing as Jason Reitman, the director, removes any sense of cushion that allows his audience to just easily laugh at the characters or the situation. If there was a universal feeling when watching this film, it would be sympathy. The audience can't help but feel sorry for her as Reitman allows the viewers to get up close and personal of the protagonist's life, which she tries so hard to conceal from everyone else in her life; there is rarely an instance in the film where we leave her out of our sight.
It is Reitman's strong direction that gives the film that unique charm that many films of its kind just can't seem to produce. Many of the director's trademarks are found in Young Adult; an interesting and unique title sequence, the fascinating protagonist, universally relatable themes, and a surprising final act. By this time, one would think that Reitman is playing his career to safely, but I would have to disagree as though this film tackles similar ideas to his other collaboration with Diablo Cody, Juno, he executes both in such a different way while maintaining the film's entertainment value.
The film's employment of the hand-held style of shooting was a great choice as it allowed the audience be drawn in to the character that goes beyond that other films with a similar protagonist would project; it also replicates the documentary style that reality-based programs like Keeping Up With The Kardashians uses. This style of shooting also lets the atmosphere of the scenes feel more genuine, to the point where we are standing inside the frame and feeling what all the characters in the scenes are feeling. The score of this film was its largest drawback as it just lacks that certain quality that makes one take notice, unlike the music that filled Reitman's previous films. It is actually during the film's silent moments where the film truly thrives as it doesn't give the audience that false emotion that many films rely on. Though I do admire the use of Teenage Fanclub's The Concept as it possess that romantic quality that makes it plausible that Mavis has a strong attachment to it and it also is a great representation of the sound that dominated the airwaves in the 90s.
Young Adult is for the most part, a dominant solo performance from Charlize Theron. I want to get this out of the way, and say that Theron is one of the most beautiful women in the world and I had a major crush on her after seeing this film for the first time; which helped a lot with identifying Matt Freehauf's (Patton Oswalt) rationale in always being around her. Theron is such a large presence in this film, she brings such attitude to her character that other actress would have tried to deliver but would only come off as forced or false. Every time she is in the frame, whether just as a tiny dot or a blur on screen, the audience's attention is still primarily on her. Patton Oswalt as the physically crippled man that Mavis runs into and develops a bittersweet friendship with, was also fantastic in this film but since this wasn't his film, one can easily see the character as forgettable. Patrick Wilson as the settled down father was a bit basic in this film, but it could be because Reitman wanted him to play the role that way in order for Mavis' perspective to come off as delusional.
Young Adult is an absorbing character study that contains a number of surprises, particular in its third act that would have one wanting to come back and understand further the fascinating figure that is Mavis Gary. It may not yet has reached the same level as Up in the Air, but it does come close and who knows, maybe in the future, all of the minor flaws that the film possess would swoop above me and see it as the perfect film.
June 15, 2012
(First and only viewing - 6/15/2012)