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Young Adult [Blu-ray]

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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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A fine film, and the first to allegorically blast me for posting all too insightful and informative essays about the dread allegorical Zone Wars on my enlightening site, Indeed, Charlize Theron gives an all too accurate performance as Mavis Gary Wright-ouch! Definitely one of the most shocking, confusing, humbling and moving films I have ever experienced, and definitely should be watched if you want to experience me getting roasted for my site!:>)
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For a movie to work, the main character simply must have some redeeming qualities. In Young Adult, touted as a comedy, Theron plays a character you wish would get hit by a truck, a big one. A self absorbed drunken ho. There is little comedy here, just a forlorn look at a disturbed drunk, a week in the life. This movie is so pointless I'd give it no stars if I could. Do not rent this, do not buy it when it's marked down to a dollar in the discount barrel. Junk.
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I love Charlize Theron and she's probably the reason I'm giving this 2 stars and not 1. I'm really surprised someone gave this 5 stars. I'm stumped by that.
The reviewer who said that this main character has no redeeming qualities is right. Her immaturity and lack of any consideration of others got annoying as the film went on. It really wasn't funny - it was sad. She really learns nothing in the end and it just felt like a waste of time.
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Format: Blu-ray
Young Adult (2011)
Comedy, Drama, 94 minutes
Directed by Jason Reitman
Starring Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt and Patrick Wilson

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1

English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

Single 50GB Blu-ray Disc

The Film 4.5/5

Jason Reitman's first full-length feature was Thank You for Smoking and he followed it with Juno and Up in the Air. All three films are among my favorites and I was eager to see Young Adult in theaters. I consider Juno and Up in the Air to be just about perfect, so expectations were sky high.

Diablo Cody won the Oscar for her Juno screenplay, but Young Adult is very different in tone. Juno MacGuff was extremely likable, but Mavis Gary (Theron) is anything but. She's selfish and doesn't consider anyone worthy of her time. She barely functions as an adult and is in all likelihood an alcoholic. The title refers to the fiction she writes for the teen market, but her series has run its course and she's writing the final installment.

When she receives an email showing that her ex-boyfriend, Buddy (Wilson), is married and has recently become a father, all she can think about is going to her old home town to win him back. The fact that he is happily married is a minor convenience. After all, she has baggage too.

Mavis makes the trip back to Mercury, Minnesota and calls Buddy. They arrange to meet the following evening so she visits a bar on her own the first night she's in town.
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191 of 204 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bac2d5c) out of 5 stars Uncomfortable, Brutal, And Even Sad: This Black Comedy Is Also A Stunningly Bleak Character Study Dec 19 2011
By K. Harris - Published on
In the latest collaboration between director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody (they gave us "Juno" and she won a Screenplay Oscar in the process), our protagonists may be older, but that doesn't make them any wiser. In fact, Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) still resides in the rarefied land where her high school days were the pinnacle of her success. She has an idealized memory of her popularity and perceived true love (Patrick Wilson), so when confronted with the disappointments in her big city existence--she attempts to reclaim some of her former glory. Specifically, she hatches a plot to return to her home town and rescue Wilson from what she believes is his domestic prison--namely a wife (Elizabeth Reaser) and new baby. "Young Adult" is marketed as a black comedy, and it certainly has some of the most awkward and uncomfortable humor that you're likely to encounter. But in essence, it seems like a dramatic character study whose narrative arc is depicted largely through bitterly funny encounters. This squirm inducing film has plenty of laugh out loud moments, but its truthfulness (and underlying sadness) resonate long after the film ends.

In many ways, that's what really makes "Young Adult" a stand-out. Cody, dispensing with the rapid fire pop culture referencing she's known for, creates someone very believable and human in Mavis Gary. Selfish, vindictive, delusional--she is not a particularly nice person. She wears a veneer of confidence like a suit of armor, but all the cracks are starting to show. It is an uncompromising role, and Theron inhabits it with a fearless aggression. It may be one of my favorite performances of the year. Like a fine balancing act, the film never makes Theron a cartoon villain (which would happen in most other movies). She is always wildly real and unpredictable and, quite frankly, slightly dangerous. But the screenplay also makes another conscious choice that, again, few other mainstream movies (especially comedies) ever attempt. This is not a story of redemption or learning life's lessons. There is no moralistic posturing or hugs all around. There is, in short, no sell-out to who this character is. And that turns a good film into a really memorable one!

Theron is, in a word, incredible. Both Wilson and Reaser do well as the couple targeted by Theron's machinations. But the film's most surprising role is fulfilled by Patton Oswalt, as a high school outsider who forms an unlikely alliance with the adult Theron. They play off each other effortlessly. Oswalt may be the one person who Theron can really be herself with, and the development of their relationship is one of the primary selling points of "Young Adult." Truthfully, I loved this movie. It showcases a complicated unpleasantness and brutal honesty that may not appeal to every viewer (especially those seeking frothy romantic comedy). But its grittier vibe is a real change of pace. Funny, and remarkably sad as well, "Young Adult" covers somewhat familiar territory but seems surprisingly fresh and different and smart. KGHarris, 12/11.
45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bac3180) out of 5 stars Some Just Don't See It Jan. 18 2013
By Library GaGa - Published on
I saw this film in the theatre when it came out and saw it again on tv the other night. I am struck by the dichotomy of Amazon's reviews and wonder how so many viewers could hold such opposite opinions. See for yourself: at this writing, 104 four and five stars, 85 one stars. I conclude this excellent character study of a narcissist steps on a lot of toes. Why else the near hatred reserved for this film? A few thoughtful reviewers did note a similarity between themselves and the Mavis character, so someone got something substantive, maybe even insightful, from it, unlike those who found it a `waste of my life'. Hmmm.
At any rate, Young Adult has many attributes: the acting by Charlize Theron and others is spot-on; scenes that may appear throw-away or uneventful to some reveal personality. One reviewer questioned the manicure scenes: but what normal woman would get two manicures in two days? No one. Only a self-obsessed, desperate woman would think changing the color of her nails is going to make someone else's husband fall for her. She ignores or resents her only friend, a Pomeranian. She relates to a hotel clerk and others with gratuitous lying, mostly about how she came to be in town at all ("real estate thing"). Her contempt for others is palpable; and what about the self-contempt? Her slatternly lifestyle is on parade through her apartment, vehicle, diet, and wardrobe. It's as if she thinks her beauty is enough, but the truth is beginning to break through and make her miserable. And while there are `darkly comic' moments, this film is anything but a comedy. Observe the train wreck unfold.
Through minute chinks, the truth outs itself. Mavis flatly states to her clueless parents "I may be an alcoholic" and they brush it off. After the excruciating scene on Buddy's front lawn, Mavis sees herself for what she is. Some reviewers say there's no point, no plot to this film. They're not paying attention. The denouement comes quietly, at Matt's kitchen table during a conversation between the newly-discerning Mavis and Matt's sister, who crushes Mavis' s revelation by assuring her that she's the same superior being she's always (never) been. The light recedes from Mavis's eyes and THAT is the point of the film. Redemption was offered and rejected. A soul spins into oblivion.
61 of 71 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b8b8bdc) out of 5 stars Truth Hurts, Donut? April 7 2012
By JB - Published on
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[Spoiler alert] This was a tough watch. I expected anti-hero dark comedy, but it's far more dark than comedy. Sure, we're given plenty of the 'oblivious beauty queen in state of painfully arrested development.' It was fun watching her attempts to skew reality in the way that best suited her needs; that's the defining trait of the Mean Girls, after all. Then the pity happens. We see that she's seriously broken under there, and we're expected to feel bad for her. Poor, sad drunk pretty girl. And just when she seems to be at the brink of a genuine breakthrough, she hops back into her broken life and drives away.

While I admit that a magical Romey & Michelle redemption for Mavis would have infuriated me, it would've been nice to see that she learned even the slightest bit from her escapade. But the fact is, some people simply don't learn. They peak at 17, then face 60 long years of mediocrity. That's an ugly truth. Some people have their lives utterly ruined at 17 and never quite get over it, and that is also true. So don't expect a quippy, quirky, long overdue hair-pulling for the mean girl 'cause this ain't it. DO, however, look for brilliant and nuanced performances from both Theron and Oswalt. They both dig right to the center of these characters and own every bit of their frailty and ugliness and complexity.
76 of 90 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bac3360) out of 5 stars Reitman an auter? Maybe. Dec 29 2011
By Mark Schaffer - Published on
Thought I'd put in my two cents. Unlike his father, Reitman is rapidly becoming a genuine American auteur. No one working in Hollywood today gets the incipient loneliness and social malaise of post-modern America, "How we live today," as it were. His last two films, this one and Up in the Air, totally nail all the odd comic elements of a society going joylessly through the motions - the sterility and formlessness of airport culture, the soulless vapidity of small town life, the weird highway ramp hotel non-culture, successful people trapped in their own self-made defensive cocoons, not to mention the perverse enjoyment of misery and depression fueled by endless booze and empty sex..Reitman is basically aiming his films at people who read things other that Twilight. He is drawn to writers like Walter Kirn and Diablo Cody because they seem to have something to say about the sad Way We Live Now that is not driven by research and age demos. The irony of Mavis, the ultimate "hip" urban creature, confessing that what she really wanted was to be a "square", and the defenses she erected to combat that failure, is the sort of irony that would make people walk out, I suppose. Give it up for Charlize, totally fearless, who gets something about the world we live in that should be explored. Like Carlin once said, "What, are you gonna eat at Wendy's and read USA Today till the end of time???" I also was the only one laughing at lots of the lines. So what? These folks are playing to those select move goers who are too hip for the room. Don't those moviegoers deserve a few annual gifts in a world of creeping meatballism? But don't expect too many of these types of films a year..Just be thankful when they come along...
58 of 69 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b6f660c) out of 5 stars Really sad, but everyone can relate Feb. 10 2012
By SarahK66 - Published on
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I always wondered what happens to mean girls as they grow up through the years. Looking at social networking sites now, I get the answer! They have either found "God" and bear children or they drink ALOT which you can tell due to their aging faces. Not cute anymore huh? Charlize's character Mavis in this movie went the way of booze and never growing out of her incredulous teenager. This is where it gets sad, enter Patton Oswalt and his emasculated and trauma carrying character. His character is what brings life to this movie he's the protagonist to the Mavis antagonist. This movie left me with a weird feeling that loomed long after I left the theatre. It brings back high school memories and all its extremes, the good and the bad. This is the first movie that shows it with brutal and awkward honesty. Thank you Ms. Cody!

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