“Young Adult” stars Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt and Patrick Wilson in this 94 minute drama involving a basically depressed and mentally disturbed woman in her late 30;s seeking to recapture the glory years she spent in high school and the romance that never quite came into fruition. Ms. Theron gives a worthy performance in creating a character devoid of reality with the uncanny ability to instigate awkward and unpleasant experiences with most of those she encounters when she returns to the place where she was born and raised.
However, good acting alone does not make a good movie. The best way to describe this film is for me to share with you that, throughout its viewing, it made me feel edgy and very uncomfortable. There are scenes where you know what is going to happen and almost wished it didn’t in order to avoid watching it play out on the screen.
Although the team of writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman were so successful in their film “Juno”, unfortunately for them, and for this film’s viewing audience, this movie does not reach that level of accomplishment.
I give the film 2 stars with a suggestion that there are better ways to spend your money in order to feel frustrated and depressed.
Written By: Barry Rubin
Photograph Courtesy: Charleze Theron’s private collection
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