Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody, the director/screenwriter team behind the sunny high school comedy "Juno," have decided to take an excursion into an angry, depressive state of post-adolescence. Unfortunately, their main character Mavis Gary is about a decade too late for it.
Mavis is played by Charlize Theron in the new film "Young Adult" as a hard-boozing writer of teen fiction still fixated on her high school years, particularly old sweetheart Buddy (Patrick Wilson). When she returns to her hometown to find Buddy happily married and with newborn baby, she only sees this as another reason to rescue him from his "tragic life."
Advising this lord of delusion towards her twisted ends is another oddball still living in the past, a sarcastic Patton Oswalt-type played by… Patton Oswalt.
Both Theron and Oswalt have been getting some buzz going into awards season for this pitch-black comedy. With its bleak photography, dreary suburban setting, and what looks to be a borderline psychotic lead performance from the Academy Award-winner, "Young Adult" is shaping up to be the kind of misanthropic opus geared towards those none-too-pleased about getting into the holiday spirit.
Forget to take your meds and check out the trailer below or in HD at Apple.