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Young Adult (2011)

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Soon after her divorce, a fiction writer returns to her home in small-town Minnesota, looking to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend, who is now happily married and has a newborn daughter.

Director:

Jason Reitman

Writer:

Diablo Cody
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlize Theron ... Mavis Gary
Patton Oswalt ... Matt Freehauf
Patrick Wilson ... Buddy Slade
Elizabeth Reaser ... Beth Slade
Collette Wolfe ... Sandra Freehauf
Jill Eikenberry ... Hedda Gary
Richard Bekins ... David Gary
Mary Beth Hurt ... Jan
Kate Nowlin ... Mary Ellen Trantowski
Jenny Dare Paulin ... Nipple Confusion Bassist
Rebecca Hart Rebecca Hart ... Nipple Confusion Guitarist
Louisa Krause ... Front Desk Girl
Elizabeth Ward Land ... Sales Lady
Brian McElhaney ... Book Associate
Hettienne Park ... Vicki
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Storyline

Thirty-seven year old Mavis Gary seems incapable of happiness. She has had one failed marriage with no romance in her immediate horizon. She ghosts writes a young adult series of books, which has just been canceled due to low sales. She is in the process of writing the last book, with which she is having a mental block. She lives vicariously through Kendall Strickland, the teenaged female heroine in her books, as like Kendall she believes her high school years were the best years of her life when she was the prom queen. When she receives news that her high school beau, Buddy Slade, and his wife, Beth Slade, have just had their first child, Mavis takes it as a sign that she and Buddy are meant to be together. As such, she devises a false pretense to travel from her Minneapolis home back her her old hometown of Mercury, Minnesota to reclaim Buddy from Beth. As Mavis slyly or not so slyly does whatever she can to hang out with Buddy, even in Beth's company if need be, she also runs into ... Written by Huggo

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Everyone gets old. Not everyone grows up.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adultos jóvenes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$310,263, 11 December 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$16,311,571, 23 February 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,939,027
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the movie, Mavis is the ghostwriter of a popular YA book series. In real life, Diablo Cody, the writer of the film, is a big Sweet Valley High fan (another YA book series with a ghostwriter). The book covers in "Young Adult" resembles those of the "Sweet Valley High" books. Cody actually plans to make a "Sweet Valley High" movie. See more »

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After Mavis gets her nails done in dark blue, she is at KFC writing when Buddy calls her. Her nails are blue during the entire phone call, but the right before she hangs up the phone they are suddenly unpainted. In the next scene they are back to blue. See more »

Quotes

Mavis Gary: I used to sleep in his t-shirts and boxers. I think I still have a few.
Beth Slade: Hey, I still have one of my ex-boyfriend's t-shirts. I can't bring myself to get rid of it.
Buddy Slade: What? Which one?
Beth Slade: [laughing] Like I'd tell you.
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Referenced in Labor Day (2013) See more »

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Even Flow
Written by Eddie Vedder and Stone Gossard
Performed by Mateo Messina
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Having to grow up
18 June 2016 | by sol-See all my reviews

Depressed upon discovering that her former high school beau is happily married with an infant daughter, a young adult fiction writer sets out to win her old boyfriend back in this dark comedy from Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody. For a film marketed as a comedy, the laughs are few and far between, but that is not necessarily a bad thing as 'Young Aduilt' challenges one to think about whether what the authoress is going through is humorous, sad, pathetic, absurd or all of the above. Given how despicable her character is (wanting to tear apart a happy marriage; constantly dismissing an injured former classmate), Charlize Theron miraculously comes off as sympathetic the whole way through. It takes some suspension of disbelief to accept that she really does think that her plan will work, but Theron is always convincing in her quiet scenes and her growing sense of longing and regret is easy to relate to. What also works quite well is how Theron realises for the first time on her quest that the popularity of her book series is truly declining. Her world seems to be coming apart at the seams, and there is also a lot to like in how she uses her quest as fuel for penning her final novel at the same time. The book series is what she has used in order to delude herself into believing that she is still young, and with it on the decline, she finally has to grow up. 'Young Adult' is really a very apt title for the film in this regard. Patton Oswalt delivers has a solid supporting turn here too, but this is Theron's film the whole way as she renders her sour character with a nefarious plan utterly human.


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