Young Adult


Charlize Theron as anti-hero in comedy from Juno director Discuss this article

Here’s a new comedy from Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody, the writer/director duo behind Juno. But don’t go expecting another happy, warm hug of a movie: this is much less of a charmer, trailing a juicy waft of sourness behind it. Charlize Theron gives her best performance in years as Mavis Gary, a train-wreck who crashes into her hometown to reclaim her high-school sweetheart, Buddy (Patrick Wilson). What, Buddy’s happily married? Devoted to his new baby? Like Mavis gives a damn. She’s angry, self-obsessed, immature, stalkerish, possibly alcoholic… and we’re kinda gunning for her.

Mavis, 37 and divorced, is a writer – of young adult fiction (industry-speak for teen novels); we can’t remember a heroine so triumphantly messy. There is a raw honesty here rare in movies, and it’s very funny too – excruciating at times.

By Cath Clarke
Time Out Doha,

Young Adult

  • Duration: 94
  • Released: Thu, 23 Feb
  • Classification: PG15
  • Language: English
  • Director: Jason Reitman
  • Stars: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt, Elizabeth Reaser, Collette Wolfe, Jill Eikenberry, Mary Beth Hurt

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