'Young Adult' Review By Bawnian©-Dexeus

I had no idea you could do that with an ink cartridge
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Young Adult is a 2011 drama film.

Directed by: Jason Reitman.

Starring: Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson and Elizabeth Reaser.

An adult female, stuck in her immaturity decides to revive an old flame with an old high school ex who is married with a newly born child.

Buzz revolved around this film for the director, the lead actress and even the writer. While the first two are great at what they have done in their career so far, the other is a 50/50 in her work. Diablo Cody in my opinion has only one good written piece and that's Juno. Even if the film isn't my cup of tea, it's success cannot go unnoticed. If you look closely at Diablo Cody's track record (excluding Burlesque), her work relates to adolescent characters and their problem, and the case of Jennifer's Body, supernatural problems.

Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary who does a good job in forcing you to feel bad about her actions. We have all at least met one Mavis Gary in our lives, young or old. That one person that never really grows up and depends on the past to provide a future. Theron does an amazing job playing the carp of the year. With the material given to her, she creates a character you can hate or have trouble liking but still enjoy the performance. Though the nature is cruel in it's intent, we cannot help but like it. Patton Oswald gives just as good of a performance playing the unlikely friend from school that never got spoken to by Mavis. His story revolves around being beaten to death and crippled for being accused of homosexuality. Mavis may be a train wreck, but Oswald's Matt Freehauf's past puts him in the same position as the popular cheerleader.

In a way, I can relate to these characters simply because at one point after my graduation I didn't want things to change but my friends moved on too fast and I stayed behind wishing for the old days to return. However, I'm no Mavis or Matt. These two made an enjoyable polar opposite character duo with their serious tone and comedic style. The shots made by Jason Reitman were good, especially the camera doing a Birdseye view over the tape player (for those whom have seen the movie). But, the director simply does his best with the material given to him. We see the protagonist and the supporting role get their issues taken care of, but we are left hanging with "what happens next?". We get a sign of change, but we don't actually see it happen or even a visual hint; a few pages into the script that Diablo Cody could have added. That being said, we can learn that the movie is a triumph expressing prolonged adolescence.

My theory to Mavis Gary's predicament can trace back to her past but as not to spoil it for some, I won't delve into it further. Overall, what we get is a story with no happy endings, and a seriously messed up character that's so blind, we are surprised she has made it this far. Can a person really be so self absorbed and blind to not even grow up?

Written by: Bawnian©-Dexeus

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  1. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ejk1 Thank you man

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  2. thedude-abides

    @ejk1 Okay, that's way worse. I still say you need to give her a hug, lol.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  3. ejk1

    @thedude-abides No dude, she isn't hot, at least anymore, but she thinks she is. Even in winter, all she wears is this wrap around her breasts, which are sagging. If I didn't make myself clear before, she's in her 60's, if I'm not mistaken.

    @bawnian-dexeus By the way, your review is excellent. The only reason I brought up this woman is because they way you described Theron's character made me think she, if real, would be on the same path as this woman i know.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  4. thedude-abides

    @bawnian-dexeus Nice one, man. We're in complete agreement on this one.

    @ejk1 Hahaha. Dude, sad as hell. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say she isn't married. I'll even go one further and say she's somewhat hot (if not very), dates around quite a bit, and maybe even as a kid or two by different guys.

    I don't mean to pry, and I hope I didn't make myself look like an idiot by making all those assumptions. But the reason I say that is because I've known a few chicks like that, though nowhere near THAT bad, and they all fit into that same mold. Seriously, somebody needs to give that woman a hug.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  5. ejk1

    @bawnian-dexeus I try not to, for another reason, which I don't want to get into. Suffice it to say her delusion extends beyond her car.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  6. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ejk1 I assume you have spoken to her?

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  7. ejk1

    @bawnian-dexeus your review, especially the last paragraph, made her bubble to the surface of my mind.

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  8. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ejk1 Wow, that is sad.

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  9. ejk1

    Saddest person I know: there is a woman who comes into the store that I work. She used to be a model, I guess somewhat of a big deal. But she never capitalized on whatever fame she had, the way Heidi Klum or Tyra Banks did. Now, she's a somewhat delusional, very pathetic person. Her car is covered in photos of her and celebrities of the past (she glues them to the outside of the car,or something like that). She acts like she's still a big deal, and she isn't. I'm not even sure if she ever was. It's just sad to see someone not able to let go of the past.

    good review, @bawnian-dexeus

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