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Young Adult

Release Date: December 9th, 2011

DVD Release Date: March 13th, 2012

R |1 hr 34 min

Plot Summary

Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) is a successful writer of teen literature who returns to her hometown with a dual mission: to relive her glory days and steal away her now-married high-school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). However, her mission does not go exactly to plan, and she finds her homecoming more problematic than she expected. Instead, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt), who has also found it difficult to move past high school.

Cast: Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson, Elizabeth Reaser, Jill Eikenberry, Mary Beth Hurt, Collette Wolfe, Richard Bekins

Director: Jason Reitman

Genres: Comedy drama, Romantic comedy

Production Co: Mr. Mudd

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Wife, Love triangle, Growing up, Hotel, Offbeat, Small town, Dark, House, 2010s

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    S.T. VanairsdaleMovieline

    Young Adult is the first of Reitman's films from which I haven't felt him choking out a message; ironically, its rawness yields the humanity that he thought he was wringing from "Up in the Air." show more

  • 70
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Their scenes together are the film's best, with Theron and Oswalt, who have very different tempi and temperatures as performers, parrying and thrusting with great expertise. show more

  • 75
    Bob MondelloNPR

    So it makes sense that Young Adult feels at times like a mashup of styles and genres - part curdled rom-com, part psycho-prom-queen flick, with a little "Revenge of the Nerds" thrown in. show more

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