Young Adult

Charlize Theron  Actor Patton Oswalt  Actor Patrick Wilson  Actor Elizabeth Reaser  Actor Collette Wolfe  Actor


MPAA Rating: R
Contains:Profanity,Sexual Situations

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Young Adult

Theatrical Release Date: 2011 12 09 (USA - Limited) / 2011 12 16 (USA - Expanding)

UPC: 097363573944

Studio: Paramount

MPAA Rating: R   Contains:[Profanity, Sexual Situations]

Summary: Upon returning to her small Minnesota hometown to win back her high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson), now a happily-married father, divorced young adult fiction author Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) forges an unexpected bond with another former schoolmate (Patton Oswalt) who's had a particularly difficult life. Juno collaborators Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody re-team for this Paramount Pictures production. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Category: Comedy Drama

Awards: Best Supporting Actor – Detroit Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actor (Runner-up) – L.A. Film Critics Association Best Actress – Detroit Film Critics Society Best Actress – Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Original Screenplay – Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor – Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical – Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Screenplay – Writers Guild of America Best Supporting Actor – National Society of Film Critics Best Edited Feature - Comedy or Musical – American Cinema Editors Guild

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Filmmakers' Commentary
The Awful Truth: Deconstructing a Scene
Deleted scenes

Young Adult

Format: DVD

Release Date: 03/13/2012

Audio: DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1

Runtime: 93 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,French,Spanish

Subtitles: English,French,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Disc #1 -- Young Adult
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7. Scene 7 [6:12]
8. Scene 8 [4:58]
9. Scene 9 [5:38]
10. Scene 10 [7:36]
11. Scene 11 [7:46]
12. Scene 12 [6:47]
13. Scene 13 [3:40]
14. Scene 14 [7:17]
15. Scene 15 [5:23]
16. Scene 16 [6:15]
17. Scene 17 [5:03]

Jason Buchanan

Charlize Theron plays a divorced fiction writer who returns to her hometown and is determined to seduce her former high-school boyfriend away from his wife and newborn in Young Adult, the second collaboration from director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody. And although Theron's troubled character seems to be stuck in a permanent state of arrested adolescence, the creative duo who scored a sleeper hit with Juno just four years ago show that they are maturing by presenting a story that never takes the easy way out, straddling the line between awkward laughs and uncomfortable satire while milking '90s nostalgia with near-fetishistic fervor.

Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) may not be a household name, but the novels she writes sit on the bookshelves of teenagers all across America. The ghostwriter behind a successful series of tween tomes, Mavis just can't seem to summon the inspiration needed to bring the series to a close when she receives an invitation to a baby shower from Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson). Mavis and Buddy were inseparable back in high school, but now Buddy is married to Beth (Elizabeth Reaser). They've just had their first child and they want to celebrate the new arrival with friends and family. However, Mavis is convinced that she can sweep Buddy away from a drab life of breast milk and dirty diapers, and she returns home determined to make that happen. Shortly after arriving, Mavis has an unexpected reunion with Matt Freehauf (Patton Oswalt), the former high-school misfit best remembered as the victim of a vicious bullying incident. As Mavis plots to lure Buddy back to the big city, Matt attempts to convince her that it's wiser to live in the present rather than pine for the past.

We've all known people like Mavis Gary -- those who measure their success by the distance they've put between themselves and their hometown, and their personal worth by the level of fame they've achieved compared to their former classmates. Driven characters are nothing new on the silver screen, but what makes Mavis a bit more compelling than many of her upwardly mobile counterparts is the attention to detail that Reitman and Cody put into depicting her. The once-popular series of tween books ghostwritten by Mavis are nearing the end of their run, eclipsed by the current flavor of the month, which leaves her uncertain of her future in fiction. From the moment we first meet Mavis her desperation is palpable, and Theron brings the subtle details of her troubled state to the surface with a skill that allows us to relate to the character, even if it's impossible to sympathize with her. As a result, Young Adult constantly straddles a fine line between tragic and humorous that may prove off-putting to casual viewers. Those capable of savoring the film's sweet-and-sour tone, however, won't necessarily mind the fact that the protagonist is the least-likable person in the film. Though few of the supporting characters get substantial screen time, Patton Oswalt stands out in his role as a bullied former classmate who strikes up an unlikely, somewhat contentious friendship with Mavis, and a climactic scene with his character's sister may be just the role to catapult Collette Wolf from bit player to featured performer.

Yet despite the complex characters, insightful dialogue, and assured direction, Young Adult is so anchored in the 1990s that it's difficult to tell if its appeal will extend to viewers who didn't grow up on grunge. But if you've still got a tape deck in your car and a soft spot for Suede, odds are good that you'll find something to relate to.

Over the course of his brief but impressive career behind the camera, Reitman has proven time and again that he can successfully maintain an uncomfortable, even dark tone while finding a balance between deeply personal drama and cutting satire. And by downplaying her highly stylized dialogue, Cody injects the story with more substance than her detractors may have thought possible. Watching Juno, it was easy to get the impression that one voice was driving all of the characters; in Young Adult, everyone has a distinct personality, and as a result, the drama resonates more effectively. The pop-culture snark is still present on the periphery, but in this case, it supports the story rather than acts as the foundation it was built on. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast and Crew: John Malkovich  Executive Producer 
Jason Reitman  Director 
Jason Reitman  Producer 
Lianne Halfon  Producer 
Rolfe Kent  Composer (Music Score) 
Nathan Kahane  Executive Producer 
Mason Novick  Producer 
Russell Smith  Producer 
Diablo Cody  Producer 
Diablo Cody  Screenwriter 
Steven Rales  Executive Producer 
Helen Estabrook  Executive Producer 
Charlize Theron  Actor 
Patton Oswalt  Actor 
Patrick Wilson  Actor 
Elizabeth Reaser  Actor 
Collette Wolfe  Actor 
Jill Eikenberry  Actor 
Richard Bekins  Actor 
Mary Beth Hurt  Actor 
Kate Nowlin  Actor 
Jenny Dare Paulin  Actor 
Rebecca Hart  Actor 
Louisa Krause  Actor 
Elizabeth Ward Land  Actor 
Brian McElhaney  Actor 
Hettienne Park  Actor 
John Forest  Actor 
Rightor Doyle  Actor 
Brady Smith  Actor 
Timothy Young  Actor 
Erin Darke  Actor 
Jee Young Han  Actor 
Ella Rae Peck  Actor 
Aleisha Allen  Actor 
Matt Wilson  Actor 
Orlagh Cassidy  Actor 
Charles Techman  Actor 
Emily Meade  Actor 
Neil Hellegers  Actor 
Michael Nathanson  Actor 

Country: USA