It seems like people are typically divided over the movie Juno -- you either loved the snap-crackle-and-pop dialogue and Ellen Page's droll performance in the film, or you thought it was an overly quirky twee vehicle for screenwriter Diablo Cody's smug ironic witticisms. Personally, I fall into the first camp, so I am super-stoked about Charlize Theron's new movie Young Adult.
Young Adult, like Juno, was written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman. For that partnership alone, I'd probably be interested in seeing it, but add in Charlize Theron and I'm feeling decidedly bullish about my chances for enjoying the film. Whether it's a brilliant social smashup or just offers an equal serving of cringeworthy moments and laughs, I'm pretty sure this one will be worth the ticket price.
Theron's career has been kind of all over the map, but she completely and totally won me over with her Monster performance from 2003. To me she's one of the most under-appreciated acting talents in Hollywood, and she does an amazing job in Young Adult as Mavis, the horrible high school prom queen who's now a bitter and frustrated 37-year-old.
Mavis has returned from her big-city (Minneapolis) life to the small town where she grew up, with one major goal in mind: reclaim her high school boyfriend. Unfortunately for her, he's now married with a baby on the way, and utterly uninterested in her.
Here's a peek at the trailer:
I love it. No one taps into murky coming-of-age stories quite like Cody, and Theron seems absolutely perfect for the role. Plus, Patton Oswalt looks like he can be counted on to steal a few scenes as the former high school geek she ends up befriending.
I'm glad to see Theron back on the big screen, since her last film job was a brief, depressing appearance in 2009's The Road. She's also set to star in next year's Prometheus and then as the Evil Queen in Snow White and the Huntsman, so it sounds like our long dry Theron-less streak has come to an end. Hooray!
Young Adult hits theaters tomorrow (December 9) -- what do you think, will you see it?
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