Monday, May 7

Young Adult (2011) by Jason Reitman

Everyone deserves a second chance, yet not always we see that one coming.
"Young Adult" is a film about Mavis Gary, a thirty something woman that was hugely popular in high school and eloped to a bigger city leaving all behind to achieve success. Despite the leap, she filled herself with emptiness, wondering where her happy ending would be. Years passed by her but she didn't grow up, and when she arrives a her old town she feels even more displaced than ever. How can those people be happy in that hole? How can life happened here and not to her? Mavis is a pretty messed up woman, with a young attitude in an older body trying to see how life fits into her plans and into her fails. She arrives in town so that she can have her future, her past, so that she can steal an old flame to her, no matter what costs. And so she acts in denial, in confusion, in an ideal world that doesn't fairly exists.
The film is a nice reflection on modern times where growing doesn't correlate with age, the same goes with what we except of life and really what we receive. Thumbs up for Matt Freehauf's character portrayed by Patton Oswalt who is very refreshing in this film. Charlize Theron is ok with her performance but I don't think it fits her. Huge dramas or evil queens are more adequate. This is not a great movie but it has a good story behind.

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