Charlize Theron would remain the prime reason behind my deciding to watch this film, and Jason Reitman’s ‘Young Adult’ reiterates why viewers like me look up to the actor with such an indomitable conviction. This is another of those films that Theron chisels up to perfection, and with some brilliant writing by Diablo Cody, ‘Young Adult’ turns out to be an interesting watch.
Theron plays Mavis Gary in the film, a thirty seven year old ghost writer of a young adult fiction series that has seen its heydays. On receiving an email announcing the birth of a baby from her ex-boyfriend Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson), who is now happily married to Beth (Elizabeth Reaser), Mavis heads out to her hometown of Mercury, convincing herself that Buddy is having a miserable marriage and would only be too happy to resume a life with her.
Especially noteworthy apart from Mavis herself, is the character of Matt Freehauf (Patton Oswalt), a man who has quite a sorry high school tale to tell. Mavis’ breakdown is complete, and when she leaves the town once again, possibly vowing never to be back again, ‘Young Adult’ proudly flashes the mean spirit of its protagonist across, leaving it a real bad ass movie that shouldn’t be missed.