Wednesday, November 30, 2011

At Least it was Free

I saw a screening of the new film Young Adult starring Charlize Theron, directed by Jason Reitman, and written by Diablo Cody.  In sum, I hated it.  I almost walked out, but wanted  to see if it got any better.  It didn't.  Reitman and Cody are the duo who gave us Juno.  Where Juno was daring and endearing, Young Adult was just sad and unfunny.  Theron plays Mavis, the author of a series of young adult novels, who decides to go back to her small hometown to get back with her high school boyfriend who is married with a new baby.  Mavis is delusional, prone to drinking too much, and literally pulls the hair out of her head.  While that may be an interesting character description, I found Theron's performance unbelievable and I had no empathy for the character.  By the time the film revealed the reason for Mavis's bad behavior, I no longer cared.  I'm just glad I didn't pay to see it.

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