Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary, a self-centered, immature, former high school beauty queen and mean girl who still has a malicious streak she wields like a silent blade. Mavis, a young adult fiction writer from a small town in Minnesota should be completely unlikeable. Yet, you can almost admire her single-minded focus on herself except for the fact that it’s probably the basis for much of her unhappiness.

Young Adult is not a warm and fuzzy feel good movie where the central character is gruff on the outside but has a heart of gold on the inside. Mavis does have a heart but it’s a dark, twisted, complicated and human one. Dissatisfied with her mess of a life Mavis travels from Minneapolis back to her hometown of Mercury to reclaim her old boyfriend, Buddy Slade. There’s just one big obstacle in her way—Buddy is married and has a newborn baby. The blank and boring Patrick Wilson, who may be the luckiest man in show business, is well cast here as the appropriately blank and boring, nice, average guy Mavis left behind. Continue reading »

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