Settling Scores, Miss Cody?: “Young Adult” – A Movie Review

I’ve been suspicious of the 2011 film, Young Adult, and so resisted seeing it at the theatre.  The other day, though, I watched it on DVD and realized my suspicion was justified.

The movie is about a successful but extremely impractical–in fact, mentally ill–woman called Mavis Gary, impeccably acted by Charlize Theron. The screenplay flops:  it is written in such a way as to suggest that the author–Diablo Cody–is settling a score.  The compassion she bestows on Mavis at the end is simply compassion Cody has for herself.  Or so it seems.

Moreover, there is a scene with a fellow in a wheelchair which is essentially stupid, and a mildly upbeat conclusion to the film which is nothing but phony.  Diablo Cody did a good job on the script for Juno, but director Jason Reitman, a valuable filmmaker, shouldn’t have bothered with this one.

Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

17 thoughts on “Settling Scores, Miss Cody?: “Young Adult” – A Movie Review”

  1. This kind of movie is very interesting for me, and I guess for my family too…I have never been familiar with this Young Adult before…

  2. I never familiar with this Young Adult, but it sounds interesting. And I like Charize Theron she was so beautiful and a great artist.

  3. I wanted to see the movie but never got around to it. I’m a big Charlize fan but I think I’m gonna pass on this one. Thanks for the heads-up! 🙂

  4. Hi Dean! Thanks for sharing this to us here…I might look for some of your posts too…Looks very interesting site..

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