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Comic Patton Oswalt is also a revelation, playing Matt, a sort of Greek chorus of Mercury who relates to Mavis (sort of) and isn't afraid of telling her the truth. Both Matt and Mavis peaked in high school, for different and heartbreaking reasons, but it's Matt who's the true adult and in charge of his life, and Mavis who, despite her beauty and achievements, is floundering.
The cast includes welcome cameos by the talented actors Jill Eikenberry and Mary Beth Hurt, who are terrific comic foils. The deft direction of Jason Reitman and Cody's script give Young Adult its laughs, and its heft. When Buddy resists Mavis's advances, "But I'm a married man," Mavis, unblinking, replies, "I know! We can beat this thing together!" The viewer wants to slip off the seat, cracking up all the way.
Young Adult is a truly interesting and nuanced comedy, and Charlize Theron will have the viewer thinking long after the film is over. --A.T. Hurley
I really love this movie. It is not the laugh out loud goofy kind of comedy, it is dark and tragic comedy. Charlize Theron absolutely nails it as the troubled Mavis. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A L H
I agree with a number of the other reviewers that this is not really a comedy - more a drama with some occasional funny moments. Read morePublished 5 months ago by MarkW
This film is brilliant. Theron smashes it and delivers a tragic and cringe worthy character which makes for a great film. Read morePublished 8 months ago by home
This is a bleak but rewarding film which shows the mixed feelings that can develop when someone leaves a hick town to make their way in the city. Read morePublished 12 months ago by William Cohen
This is well written from a woman's viewpoint however has little going for it to keep male viewers hooked. CT & the unknown Patton Oswalt have a great love/hate chemistry. Read morePublished 14 months ago by ASDFG