YOUNG ADULT - FEATURED PREVIEW
Shortly after her divorce, Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron), a writer of teen literature, returns to her small hometown in Minneapolis to revisit her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson). When returning home and reclaiming Buddy proves more difficult than she thought, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate Matt (Patton Oswalt) who has demons and challenges of his own.
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WHAT THE CRITICS SAY:
Often funny in a bleak way with laugh out loud moments, Young Adults is a brilliant dark comedy that churns up the sediment in the underbelly of humanity.
– Louise Keller, urbancinefile.com.au
Your expectations will bump into some fairly dark material, and while there is undoubted humour (quite a lot) it isn’t what you are led to expect.
– Andrew L. Urban - urbancinefile.com.au
...shrouds its brilliant, brave and breathtakingly cynical heart in the superficial blandness of commercial comedy.
– A. O. Scott, New York Times
A dark comedy that confirms Diablo Cody as a screenwriter of importance, eliminates the last shred of doubt that Jason Reitman is a major director and gives Charlize Theron her best showcase since Monster.
- Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
BRINGING YOUNG ADULT TO LIFE
The story of Young Adult both literally and fictitiously begins in Minneapolis, MN. Screenwriter Diablo Cody lived there for several years and the city has become something of a muse for her.
“For some reason every time I go back to Minneapolis I find myself really inspired and I find myself with this germ of a new idea,” she says. This one began with 'an amazing news story’ about a woman who had gone after her high school sweetheart years later and as she explains, “I thought to myself, that’s pretty rich. What if there was this woman, this character who is kind of emotionally immature and the happiest she’s ever been in her life was high school? What if she’s still kind of stunted and thinks that the only way she can reclaim that happiness is to literally go back and find the man who made her happy then? Then I just started writing.”
"from the inside out"
Cody created Mavis from the inside out, starting with her emotional core, in a free-verse sort of approach, rather than a structured screenplay.
“I didn’t sit down with a fully fleshed story in my mind. I had the idea of somebody who is emotionally stunted and maybe peaked in high school and wonders now in her 30s how she can recreate those circumstances and be the queen bee again. Mavis was a character who sort of revealed herself to me and became more and more complicated as a person. I started to write more real scenes for her and finally the whole story came together,” Cody says.
Producer Mason Novick, a close friend of Cody, having discovered her as a blogger and worked with her ever since her first movie, Juno, says: “I think this is a very personal script for Diablo. I think she feels characters like Mavis are underrepresented in mainstream media. Mavis is a woman who maybe doesn’t have the best plan, but it’s fun to watch her carry it out anyway.” Novick says. He adds that the movie was so unique and riveting that he was compelled to help get it made.
"huge peaks and valleys"
“When you read something that makes you say, ‘Wow, this is great! This is moving and I get these characters and their story,’ it is such a joy. It is material that has to be handled very specifically, because there are huge peaks and valleys. You go from serious to shocking to comedy to tragedy on this journey with these characters. This is a special movie,” says Novick.
Published January 12, 2012
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January 19, 2012
CAST: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt, Elizabeth Reaser DIRECTOR: Jason Reitman
SCRIPT: Diablo Cody
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Eric Steelberg
EDITOR: Dana E. Glauberman
MUSIC: Rolfe Kent
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Kevin Thompson
Charlize Theron is a Best Actress nominee in the 2012 Golden Globes and also the Satellite Awards (International Press Academy, Los Angeles)