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      Young Adult

      R Released Dec 16, 2011 1 hr. 34 min. Comedy Drama Romance TRAILER for Young Adult: Trailer 1 List
      80% 198 Reviews Tomatometer 49% 25,000+ Ratings Audience Score Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) is a successful writer of teen literature who returns to her hometown with a dual mission: to relive her glory days and steal away her now-married high-school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). However, her mission does not go exactly to plan, and she finds her homecoming more problematic than she expected. Instead, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt), who has also found it difficult to move past high school. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jan 03 Buy Now

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      Despite its somewhat dour approach, Young Adult is a funny and ultimately powerful no-holds-barred examination of prolonged adolescence, thanks largely to a convincing performance by Charlize Theron.

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      Alexander G Die von Charlize Theron gespielte Hauptfigur Mavis verhält sich in vielen Szenen zutiefst unreif, wehleidig und verantwortungslos. Ich vermute, dass es daran liegt, dass dieser Film so eine schlechte Bewerung durch die Zuschauer erhalten hat. Wahrscheinlich wollen viele Menschen diese Eigenschaften bei sich selbst nicht sehen. Und erst recht nicht bei einer sonst eher attraktive positive Figuren verkörpernden Schauspielerin wie Theron. Sie spielt ihre Figur tatsächlich mit einer solchen Intensität, dass es mir immer wieder Eingeweide zusammengezogen hat, ihr bei ihrem Niedergang zuzusehen. Aber das Eingestehen der Niederlage und die zumindest möglich scheinende neue Perspektive am Ende, geben der Krise einen Sinn und machen den Film sogar wertvoll für Menschen, die ebenfalls wie Therons Mavis glauben, ihre Schul- oder Studentenzeit sei die beste ihres Lebens gewesen. Wenn wir reifen, kann ein ganz neues Glück in unser Leben eintreten, was sich bei Mavis auch im zum Ende hin veränderten Verhalten ihrem Hund gegenüber zeigt. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/04/24 Full Review Alexander H Simply awful. Story is grim. No comedic factor. Lead actress is stale at best. No character development. Seen better student films. Simply awful Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/29/24 Full Review Donnation G I hated this movie. I hated Theron's character and how they seemingly just hinted around at what are real issues that people have (depression, self harm). Diablo Cody showed once again that she is the most overrated writer in Hollywood and its why she hasn't done anything that's gotten noticed since the massively overrated "Juno." One of the most mean spirited movies I've seen in a while and one I don't recommend. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/29/24 Full Review Azis M Young Adult is a cringe-worthy comedy laced with barbed wire. Mavis is a train wreck, her every move a fresh disaster, but Theron plays her with such ferocious commitment, you can't help but watch through squinted fingers. Mavis may not be a character you root for, but her journey, messy and misguided, is a compelling one. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/01/24 Full Review J R A truly outstanding comedy with a great cast. Watched it many times Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/09/23 Full Review Vicky H Theron plays a woman that is still in the desperate need of being "cool" and looking down on everyone to feel good about herself. She is suffering but doesn't want to face it. The movie directing is good. Worth a watch. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 08/28/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Wendy Ide Times (UK) Charlize Theron is the self-absorbed central character in a script of such meticulous cruelty that it’s like watching someone pulling the legs off a spider. Aug 2, 2022 Full Review Candice Frederick Reel Talk Online With all the so-called well-intended chick flicks with squeaky clean endings, is it any wonder that we're starved to see a heroine who's not redeemed and holding hands with her frenemy by the end of a movie? Rated: B+ Sep 8, 2017 Full Review David Thomson The New Republic There has always been something so inward about [Theron;] she can seem detached or deprived. But here it's as if the script and the direction felt bound to heed that loneliness, and let the actress go with her bravery and the depressive sag of her mouth. Jun 20, 2013 Full Review Brian Eggert Deep Focus Review As much as this film tries to be a mature, adult story, it’s still about teendom and high school hangups. Rated: 2/4 Mar 1, 2023 Full Review Josh Parham Next Best Picture There’s no denying the ultimate sadness and self-destruction that Mavis is enduring, and Cody’s script brings these themes to light with a playful yet meaningful perspective. Rated: 7/10 May 27, 2022 Full Review Don Shanahan Every Movie Has a Lesson Theron and Oswalt are worth the price of admission, but, in a great many ways, much is left unfulfilled even when the credits roll. Rated: 3/5 Apr 12, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) is a successful writer of teen literature who returns to her hometown with a dual mission: to relive her glory days and steal away her now-married high-school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). However, her mission does not go exactly to plan, and she finds her homecoming more problematic than she expected. Instead, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt), who has also found it difficult to move past high school.
      Director
      Jason Reitman
      Executive Producer
      Nathan Kahane, John Malkovich, Steven Rales
      Screenwriter
      Diablo Cody
      Distributor
      Paramount Pictures
      Production Co
      Mr. Mudd
      Rating
      R (Some Sexual Content|Language)
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama, Romance
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 16, 2011, Wide
      Release Date (DVD)
      Mar 13, 2012
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $16.3M
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