Rotten Tomatoes (Critics)– 4/5 (80%)
Rotten Tomatoes (Audeince) – 3.1/5 Audiences
IMDB – 3.25/5
Young Adult stars Charlize Theron, who plays Mavis, a 37-year-old ghost-writer to a once-popular Young Adult series. After hearing about her high school flame’s successful marriage and new child, Mavis heads to her hometown to try an hook-up with her old flame. Along the way, she meets up with another former classmate, who hasn’t been the most fortunate.
Theron shines in this movie. She plays a very unlikable character, but there are certain moments where you can help but feel sorry for her. That sorrow leads you to like her, then she does something stupid so you can dislike her again. I think she really represents what we all fear of becoming when we reach that age; washed up nobodies. Patton Oswalt did a great job as Matt Freehauf, a man with limited mobility after he was savagely beaten in high school for being gay, even though he wasn’t. I’ve never been a big fan of Oswalt’s comedy, but his acting has always been decent. This movie really shows him in a different light.
Patrick Wilson plays the old flame, Slade. There isn’t much to praise or criticize, the performance was decent, but were not up to par with Theron and Oswalt. That can really be said about the rest of the cast. There wasn’t one terrible performance in this movie, so that’s always good.
The story is good, but it could have been executed better. The comedy in this is very hard to detect, to the point where it is hard to even call this a comedy, or even a dramady. There’s nothing really light about this movie, which is OK.
I’m pretty sure I won’t be rewatching this, but I don’t regret having seen this. The movie won’t put you in a good mood, but it is a movie that should be watched. Without Theron and Oswalt, who worked well together, this movie would have been just another crappy indie movie without a real genre. I’ve never been a fan of Jason Reitman or Diablo Cody, so this is actually among the best that I’ve seen from then.