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Young Adult (2011)

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Soon after her divorce, a fiction writer returns to her home in small-town Minnesota, looking to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend, who is now happily married and has a newborn daughter.

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Jason Reitman

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Diablo Cody
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlize Theron ... Mavis Gary
Patton Oswalt ... Matt Freehauf
Patrick Wilson ... Buddy Slade
Elizabeth Reaser ... Beth Slade
Collette Wolfe ... Sandra Freehauf
Jill Eikenberry ... Hedda Gary
Richard Bekins ... David Gary
Mary Beth Hurt ... Jan
Kate Nowlin ... Mary Ellen Trantowski
Jenny Dare Paulin ... Nipple Confusion Bassist
Rebecca Hart Rebecca Hart ... Nipple Confusion Guitarist
Louisa Krause ... Front Desk Girl
Elizabeth Ward Land ... Sales Lady
Brian McElhaney ... Book Associate
Hettienne Park ... Vicki
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Thirty-seven year old Mavis Gary seems incapable of happiness. She has had one failed marriage with no romance in her immediate horizon. She ghosts writes a young adult series of books, which has just been canceled due to low sales. She is in the process of writing the last book, with which she is having a mental block. She lives vicariously through Kendall Strickland, the teenaged female heroine in her books, as like Kendall she believes her high school years were the best years of her life when she was the prom queen. When she receives news that her high school beau, Buddy Slade, and his wife, Beth Slade, have just had their first child, Mavis takes it as a sign that she and Buddy are meant to be together. As such, she devises a false pretense to travel from her Minneapolis home back her her old hometown of Mercury, Minnesota to reclaim Buddy from Beth. As Mavis slyly or not so slyly does whatever she can to hang out with Buddy, even in Beth's company if need be, she also runs into ... Written by Huggo

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Everyone gets old. Not everyone grows up.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adultos jóvenes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$310,263, 11 December 2011

Gross USA:

$16,311,571

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,939,027
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In the bar scene where Mavis meets Matt Freehauf, Mavis tells him about her 'disturbingly popular teen book series', and he asks her if it's about vampires. This is a blatant reference to Twilight (2008), a film, in which Elizabeth Reaser (Beth Slade) appeared. See more »

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The wine stain on Mavis's dress changes at least 3 times during her "big speech" at the baby naming party. See more »

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Mavis Gary: Mary Ellen, you were great tonight. It's so inspiring to see a single mother with so much confidence on stage. Really.
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Charlize Theron on Self-Discovery!
15 March 2012 | by DexIMFSee all my reviews

'Young Adult' is the fourth feature of Jason Reitman, whose movies have always had a refreshing indie feel. When I look back to his filmography, I think they all have these protagonists who are in process of self- discovery. Over the course of events, they found the new one/lost one of themselves. 'Young Adult' also joins this culture.

Marvis Gary, played confidently by Charlize Theron, is an adult writer of 'Y.A. (Young Adult/Teen) Literature' living in a big city, far away from home for a long time. Her daily routine seems to be like all the lonely writers- writing, sleeping, eating, drinking, and then sleeping again. Course changes when she receives an invitation from her ex, Buddy, for a baby naming ceremony and then she is back, back to the memories of her 'glorious' past, as she likes to think of it. Marvis has always been a popular girl in high school, we learn that from numerous conversations. Now she is a struggling (her series is about to be canceled) writer living alone in a city and dealing with a recent divorce. It's no surprise that she wants to relive her popularity and more specifically, get his ex back. I think, because of living in this teenage world while writing literature and also having fame during here teenage, she's still stuck in that phase. She's still a 'young adult.' Which might be the reason why she still thinks that life can change the tracks and get her and Buddy back, like in the movies. We learn that Buddy is a happily married man and a father. And soon, over the course of events, Marvis also comes out of her illusion and teenage dreams and faces reality. Like I said, it ends with a self-discovery.

Reitman knows what he's doing. Like all of his other movies, he doesn't try to stuff you up with heavy emotions. Even the most melodramatic events would be presented with a light and refreshing approach in his movies. That's where his vision stands out. And Charlize Theron does a wonderful job supplementing Jason Reitman's vision.


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