Young Adult

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Released 2011

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Director:
Jason Reitman
Released:
2011
Rating:
R
Academy Award winner Charlize Theron stars as Mavis Gary, a 37-year-old former prom queen, and current writer of young adult novels, who returns home to relive her glory days and win back her now-married high school sweetheart. When she finds her homecoming more challenging than expected, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate and both must face the harsh realities of growing up in this brilliant and bittersweet story critics are hailing as a "one-of-a kind comedy"* and "quirky, funny, heartfelt."** *Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly ** Manny, DeLa Rose, NBC TV

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  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Shorter than a bad blind date and as sour as a vinegar Popsicle, Young Adult shrouds its brilliant, brave and breathtakingly cynical heart in the superficial blandness of commercia...

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    When it's done right, as it is in Young Adult, there is something absolutely mesmerizing about watching a train wreck unfold on screen. When the wreck in question is a narcissistic...

  • 90

    Variety

    Reteaming pop-savvy scribe Diablo Cody with "Juno" director Jason Reitman, Young Adult revels in breaking the rules of safe Hollywood storytelling.

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