2011. USA. Jason Reitman.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 8:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
2011. USA. Directed by Jason Reitman. Screenplay by Diablo Cody. With Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson. The promotional tag line for Reitman's Young Adult is, "Everyone gets old. Not everyone grows up." It's difficult to summarize this biting, acidic character study more succinctly than that. Theron plays Mavis Gary, a young-adult book series ghostwriter (think Sweet Valley High) who returns to her hometown of Mercury, Minnesota, in a severely misguided attempt to win back her high school boyfriend, Buddy, a happily married new father. There is not one ounce of vanity in Theron's outstanding performance, as she compulsively pulls hair from her scalp, downs copious amounts of booze, and is generally awful to everyone in Mercury except Buddy and, occasionally, Matt Freehauf (Oswalt, in a breakout performance), a crippled former classmate with a sad history. Cody's script is lean, mean, and cynical, and in Theron, Reitman has found the perfect performer to bring it to life. Print courtesy of Paramount Pictures.