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Young Adult [DVD]

Charlize Theron , Jason Reitman    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Charlize Theron
  • Directors: Jason Reitman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Jun 2012
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0074FREBC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,715 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not much of a comedy, but all the better for it 8 July 2012
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sophisticated humour 22 May 2012
By MisterHobgoblin TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars funny in places but mostly dark 16 Jun 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I can't understand why this film only has three stars. I hesitated about buying it and eventually just got it. I finally got around to watching it, and was very pleasantly surprised by how entertaining it actually was. The casting is excellent, the acting is superb and the plot had me hooked from start to finish.

It is about a 37 year old woman who never got over her high school love. When she sees on a networking site that her now-married ex boyfriend has recently become a father, she assumes that he will soon be bored and looking for a new love, and she thinks that this is her perfect opportunity to get him back.

It is funny in parts but mostly sad that someone can be so delusional and self-centered. It is a masterpiece in narcissism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just great... 25 Jan 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Loved this movie at the cinema and delighted to own the bluray. Picture and sound both excellent. Love Charlize Theron- what a great actress.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not so much about Young Adults 24 Jan 2013
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Recovery Movie
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 more
Published 1 month ago by William Cohen
3.0 out of 5 stars Young Adult For Adult Women
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 more
Published 3 months ago by ASDFG
5.0 out of 5 stars great gift
I bought this as a gift for a family member. The person loved it, good quality sound and presentation. Good purchase.
Published 4 months ago by Rosemarie
4.0 out of 5 stars Psychotic prom queen...
Mavis Gary, once the high school 'It Girl', is now an alcoholic divorcée who writes a soon to be cancelled young adult fiction series, takes the decision to return to her... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
4.0 out of 5 stars I'M NOT A WEIRDO
Charlize Theron is a young adult fiction writer. In the first few minutes of the movie, her character is ingeniously established by showing us glimpses of her morning routine. Read more
Published 13 months ago by The Movie Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Zoverstocks is just a quality company. They never let you down and always deliver cheap and good products. Its a decent film as well.
Published 18 months ago by T. KELLY
2.0 out of 5 stars Nah.
Love Charlize but this ain't as good as she gets.

I needed to feel for the lead character's life angst. Didn't.
Published 19 months ago by Anthony H West
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
OK ... Charlize theron as a "bad" girl is a nice idea but where is the humour ? where are the bittersweet moments ?
It started ok and then I got really bored ... Read more
Published 20 months ago by christelle
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not a comedy!
I don't understand why this movie has been classified as a comedy, because it is anything but. In fact, I would call it a drama. Read more
Published 20 months ago by C. Stuart-monteith
1.0 out of 5 stars Dud
Bought this as I really enjoy Charlize Theron, however this is defnitely of one of her best. Cringeworthy at it's worst.
Published 21 months ago by Lucles
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