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The Diva's Review of Young Adult (2011)

The Diva's Review of 
  Young Adult (2011)

 

From the creative team of director Jason Reitman ("Thank You for Smoking") and writer Diablo Cody ("Juno"), we have a dramedy about a writer of Young Adult fiction who returns to her home town in hopes she can re-ignite some heat with an old flame. Unfortunately for our recently divorced heroine, he is happily married.
  • Charlize Theron ("Hancock") fearless as always, is willing to play a defective beauty, damaged by adulation in high school and deluded about her place in the world. BTW, she still drives a Mini-Cooper like she did in "The Italian Job!"
  • Patrick Wilson ("Morning Glory") finally plays a happy, normal husband and father. I applauded his character from the moment I first saw him; what a switch from "The A-Team."
  • Patton Oswalt (Lots of TV and a voice in "Ratatouille") certainly deserves star billing in this one! His character was beaten and mutilated in high school, supposedly a hate crime against a gay. When it turns out he isn't gay, the episode is all but forgotten, except ...oops... he is still crippled and mutilated.... This disillusioned guy is the only one who sees the situation clearly!
  • Elizabeth Reaser (the "Twilight" franchise) is the target of our heroine's rancor because she is married to that old flame.
  • Colette Wolfe ("Hot Tub Time Machine") has the most pivotal character. It is the interaction with this sweet gal that helps us gauge the depth of our heroine's epiphany and possible recovery.
This edgy R-rated film features a cute Pomeranian dog, wonderful acting, lots of humor, lots of alcohol, and one scene which comes thisclose to nudity. No gunshots, car chases or blowie uppie stuff, but it's no walk in the park, either.
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Here is a link to a trailer:
http://www.imdb.com/video/ imdb/vi3380715033/

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