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Young Adult

DVD - 2012
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
Young Adult
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Mavis Gary is a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart. When returning home proves more difficult than she thought, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate who hasn't quite gotten over high school, either.

Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment, 2012.
ISBN: 1415763062
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (93 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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Sep 14, 2014
  • IngloriousBelcher rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Love Charlize Theron & Patton Oswalt, but this was painful to watch. Uncomfortably bad. I tried to get through it, hoping that the ending would provide some redemption... NOPE.

May 09, 2014
  • pinky0203 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Rather disappointing......

Apr 30, 2014
  • jprophet rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Terrible movie. Nothing redeemable about it. Kept trying to give it a chance... But it remained consistently a waste of time in the end.

Nov 12, 2013
  • AlizontheAmazon rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This actually turned out to be a fairly depressing movie. Not that it wasn't good, but it wasn't the movie I expected. Worth watching though.

Jun 14, 2013
  • neonkc rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

that boring

Jun 11, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This film is an interesting take on arrested development. It's not completely unheard of for a villain to be a hero (for example, Gone with the Wind and The Social Network show horrible characters in the spotlight), but for the most part, these anti-heroes have some redeeming qualities. In the case of Young Adult, Mavis is a protagonist that you hate. She's sad, she's pathetic, she's horrible. But who wants to feel for her? It's a miracle really that such a seedy character carries the film so well. Showing that you can go home again, but some people just never change, this film is an interesting and far more adult take on the kind of stories Diablo Cody usually creates. Fans of films like Juno may be disappointed as this film lacks that sugar-sweet heart-of-gold sensibility, and the sense of humour tastes as bitter as the alcohol the protagonist swills. But for a reality check for those who feel envy and then spite for those spoiled with everything for what seems like eternity (whether it be a high school mean girl or just a horrible acquaintance in adulthood), this film gives us catharsis in a overly large, hard-to-swallow gulps.

May 08, 2013
  • velloxal rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Dark humor and a bit sad story. There are many movies about men who doesn't want to grow up this one is about woman. How far you can go to reach your fantasy? Can you change past?

Apr 27, 2013
  • nellabelle rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I was a little disappointed in the beginning because I thought this was a comedy but then started to get involved in the weirdness of Mavis, wonderfully acted by Charlize Theron, her obsession with her old boyfriend and her rose coloured memories of her fabulous High school years. I felt I was so involved like I was watching a friend roll out of control and could do nothing to help her. Then came the ending and I just sat there wondering what just happened, why it was over, there was no kind of resolution and I felt a bit let down. I think I need to watch it again, maybe i missed something.

Mar 06, 2013
  • pinkied rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Charlize Theron delivers an oscar worthy performance in Young Adult.

Feb 13, 2013
  • 66BENN rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Cringe. Cringeworthy. These words appear more than once in the comments her, and I believe aptly describe the film. I enjoyed it, but didn't love it. I loved Juno, but I am starting to grow tired of Diablo Cody. But, this is a challenging movie, and if the cringe factor is too much, consider the other amped up emotions we experience by going to movies. Fear, lust, humor, disgust, thrills--I for one think it is okay to add personal embarassment to that list. Finally, I think Theron's failure to evolve as a character was fundamental, and very well done.

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Jun 11, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Mavis, I would keep all of this to yourself."

Jun 11, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Mavis, I would keep all of this to yourself."

Jun 11, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"The kid's here. She had it already. That's cool. I've got baggage, too."

Jun 11, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"The kid's here. She had it already. That's cool. I've got baggage, too."

Jun 11, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"The baby, the baby..." "The problem that has no name."

Jun 11, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"The baby, the baby..." "The problem that has no name."

Jun 11, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"It wasn't her fault that she was named prom queen ... of a neighbouring high school."

Jun 11, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"It wasn't her fault that she was named prom queen ... of a neighbouring high school."

Jun 11, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Whatever, book man."

Jun 11, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Whatever, book man."

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Jun 11, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Other: One character is a victim of extreme bullying and you see the severeness of the pain inflicted upon him years after the fact.

Jun 11, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: No nudity or graphic sexuality at all, but there are mentions of sex acts, meaning periodically you may hear any kind of word from "jerk" to "hump".

Jun 11, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Other: One character is a victim of extreme bullying and you see the severeness of the pain inflicted upon him years after the fact.

Jun 11, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: No nudity or graphic sexuality at all, but there are mentions of sex acts, meaning periodically you may hear any kind of word from "jerk" to "hump".

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Mar 09, 2013
  • emikcedes123 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

emikcedes123 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 99 and 15

Dec 30, 2012
  • NJtoTX rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

NJtoTX thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Mar 25, 2012
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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Mar 25, 2012
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

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