Bottom Line: Even though it’s from Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody - the director and writer one-two punch behind 2007’s JUNO (Oscar nominations for picture, director, actress; plus a win for best screenplay) this feels like a step in the wrong direction. Not a big step – but a step nonetheless. The story too simplistic and thin, the main character too emotionally void, the issues (depression, alcoholism, potential adultery) handled with laughs and zero sympathy. Charlize Theron does a great job – going full bore on an ugly-on-the-inside character – but it’s hard to rally behind someone so emotionally distant and bitter. I just didn’t care. It’s an awkwardly cringe worthy movie with some funny bits – but this YOUNG ADULT could have used a little more grown-up supervision.
Starring: Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt and Patrick Wilson
Directed by: Jason Reitman
Running time: 94 minutes
Story: Mavis Gary is a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart. When returning home proves more difficult than she thought, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate who hasn't quite gotten over high school, either. (Paramount Pictures)