Young Adult is the latest comedy from writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman; the team that brought you Juno. However, Diablo Cody isn’t much of a name to throw around after the god-awful Jennifer’s Body witch featured Megan Fox as a man eating demon and Amanda Seyfried as her curious friend. Now Jason Reitman on the other hand is a good director in good standing due to the success of Thank You For Smoking and Up In The Air both were interesting movies with a decent message to send to audiences.
Young Adult on the other hand is about Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) a writer whom decides to head back to her Minnesota hometown to win over her ex-boyfriend Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson), but keeps running into Matt Freehauf (Patton Oswalt) whom she has more in common with than she originally thought.
Needless to say that things have changed since those innocent high school years and Mavis is not only a writer, but also an alcoholic whose book series you can find on any discount rack at your local book retailer. Buddy is no longer the single handsome guy he was in high school either; he’s married to Beth (Elizabeth Reaser) whom preforms at the local bar with her friends and to top it off he has kids.
Ignorant of all this Mavis is still hell bent and determined to win over Buddy, but the recurring theme tends to be that this is a story of finding oneself instead of trying to pick up something that was left behind years ago.
The theme in Young Adult is way to familiar; not only do Mavis’s friends tell her what her psychological diagnosis is, but this somehow manages to light the needed fire under her ass.
I do not recommend Young Adult in fact I recommend you run from this movie and don’t look back, its that bad. Nothing about it is funny or even deserving about the hype it has garnered. The film was not only predictable, but also completely uninteresting.