Review: Young Adult

Mavis Gary might not have grown up in the least, but Diablo Cody has achieved an incredible degree of maturity in her latest piece, Young Adult. While Young Adult exudes a different type of comedy as compared to Juno and most certainly Jennifer’s Body, it still maintains the zest, heart and humor that solidified Cody as a top-notch screenwriter back in 2007.

Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) is a successful young adult writer living in the big city of Minneapolis, Minnesota – well, a once successful ghostwriter. Not only is Mavis’ name not branded on the cover of her books, but the Waverly Prep series is on the decline, Mavis currently attempting to fulfill her assignment of penning the final installment. Meanwhile, her love life has gone to crap. Rather than buckle down and get her work done, Mavis is consumed by her dismal love life. A recent divorcee, Mavis is convinced the cure to her romantic problems resides in her tiny hometown of Mercury, her high school sweetheart Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson).

On a thoughtless whim, Mavis packs her bag, shoves her pocketbook dog Dolce in his bag and hops in her Mini Cooper to win back her man. The problem is that man is now married with a wife he loves and a newborn baby. But why should that stop Mavis? When she isn’t drinking herself silly with former high school loser Matt Freehauf (Patton Oswalt), she’s making moves on Buddy, regardless of the circumstances.

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