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  • Actors: Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson, Elizabeth Reaser, Colette Wolfe
  • Directors: Jason Reitman
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Anamorphic, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Jun. 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0074FREBC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,457 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A divorced writer from the Midwest returns to her hometown to reconnect with an old flame, who's now married with a family.


Diablo Cody (Juno) has written another nuanced, psyche-skewering masterpiece with Young Adult. And Charlize Theron turns in an amazing performance that takes the audience along for a darkly comic and deeply rewarding ride.

Young Adult centers on a woman, Mavis (Theron), who was all that back in high school. After a crushing divorce, she returns to her small town, Mercury, to regroup, and, she hopes, reclaim her high school flame, Buddy (the blandly handsome Patrick Wilson, also excellent). But unlike Mavis, Mercury and its residents have changed, and grown up. The reality checks that crash into Mavis don't always sink in, which of course is how this would be in real life. Mavis's focused cluelessness and sense of entitlement cause the viewer to cringe, but are also black-comedy funny.

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

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Albatross on 8 July 2012
Format: DVD
I have to say I didn't know much about this film before I saw it. Seeing a picture of Charlize Theron on the front cover, dressed kind of kookily, made me think it was going to be a happy-go-lucky comedy. It isn't. It's much darker, almost to the point of looking at metal instability.

Theron plays a writer who, upon receiving an out-of-the-blue email from an ex boyfriend saying he's married with a new baby, she decides that the two of them were actually meant to be together and travels back to her home town to win him back. In interviews promoting this film, Theron said that she wanted to play an `unlikeable character who the audience felt some sympathy for.' A difficult task, but she does come close. She's shallow, knows she's good looking, single-minded and doesn't care who she steps on (namely the wife and child of the man she has decided she wants) to achieve her goals. Therefore she is a pretty unlikeable character. But, yes, she is vulnerable too. You can tell that there's something going on inside her mind that isn't quite right. She may appear to have it all on the outside, but she's losing it on the inside.

I didn't find this film that funny, but I found I couldn't stop watching it. It is very addictive. Theron is excellent, as is the script which is more tragic and poignant than funny.

If you want a feel-good film then this might not be the one for you, but if you want something with a little more meat on it, then give it a go.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By MisterHobgoblin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 May 2012
Format: DVD
Young Adult is a car crash of a film. Starring Charlize Theron as Mavis Gray, a fiction writer from Mercury, Minnesota, returning to her roots. Mavis has hit the big time - moving to Minneapolis (the Mini Apple) and ghost writing teen fiction novels for a supermarket series. When she is invited back home for a baby shower, she decides to steal back her former boyfriend, Buddy Slade. There is no adequate explanation of why she wants to do this; no thought about what she would do with him if she succeeded - just a wish to do it for its own sake. Because that's the kind of girl she is.

The viewer knows this will not end well.

On her path to self-abasement, Mavis keeps running into Matt - the fat kid from school who was queerbashed and garnered great sympathy - until he came out as straight. Matt is a loser who treasures his many excuses for failure as they relieve him of the need to try. He lives with his sister Sandra and makes fantasy figure models. When he is daring, he creates hybrid fantasy figures. The contrast between Mavis and Matt is played to full effect

The humour in the film is principally in laughing at Mavis's lack of self awareness. Her achievements are so modest, her pride is so enormous, and her prospects are so small that she cannot fit in anywhere. In the Mini Apple she is a washed up failure; in Mercury she no longer fits in. But she acts as though she were a celebrity and seems surprised when nobody recognises her or, if they do, they don't swoon. It's not slapstick; it isn't easy gags with punchlines - but it is very funny, very black comedy.

Some reviewers have complained that Mavis is not likeable - but she was never supposed to be. Alternatively, they complain that she doesn't learn her lesson.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Call me Al TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
Charlize Theron is excellent as Mavis Gray, a troubled lonely divorced alcoholic ghost writer of young adult fiction living in a Minneapolis apartment with a small dog. When she receives an unexpected email from Buddy Slade, a high school boyfriend, containing a picture of his wife and their new born daughter she interprets it as a call for help from a former lover who wishes to reunite. Accompanied by her Pomeranian, Mavis heads for her hometown of Mercury and starts her quest of rescuing Buddy from his domestic provincial prison.

Mavis's reaction to the email immediately alerts us that she may have mental health issues, and similar to the quirky Nurse Betty, an uncomfortable dark humour permeates the film as her delusional perspective on life continually encounters reality. However, whereas Betty is likeable, Mavis is quite the opposite. Although still physically attractive, this "psychotic prom queen" is an unpleasant character, superior and selfish, contemptuous of others and highly unpredictable. The film contains some excruciatingly funny moments but this is definitely not a comedy. There is an underlying sadness as it becomes clear that Mavis is pitiful lost soul. At the end of the film she has an opportunity for redemption but rejects it. An impressive ending to an impressive film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fiction_Fan on 24 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD
As a reviewer of young adult books, the title of this film instantly attracted me. However, before watching the film, I didn't know anything about it other than Charlize Theron played the main character. Theron plays Mavis, a 37 year old woman who has just gone through a divorce. At the beginning of the film, Mavis is shown as a pretty pathetic character. She goes out drinking every night, sleeps with some random guy and spends her days wallowing in self-pity by watching re-runs of some really crappy TV show. Honestly, I didn't like Mavis at all to begin with. However, Theron is her usual brilliant self as she is in any role she plays. When Theron takes on a role, she plays it to the fullest that she possibly can. That means she was the most pathetic Mavis that she could possibly be.

Although the title of the film does partly come from Mavis writing young adult novels, it also comes from her need to live through her past. Mavis is hell bent on getting her high school sweetheart back and doesn't care one little bit that he appears to be happily married and has just has a baby with his wife. This aspect of the plot shows just how selfish and self-centred Mavis really is but also how desperate she is to get back to a time in her life when she felt good. It is quite obvious that life has not gone the way Mavis expected it to and she struggles with dealing with the fact that she is no longer the popular, prom queen anymore.

While Theron excels as Mavis, there are also some other cast members worth mentioning. The one who stood out for me was Patton Oswalt who plays Matt Freehauf. In high school, Matt was beaten up, leaving him partially disabled, and labelled as gay.
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