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2,063 Ratings

Young Adult

Directed by Jason Reitman
United States, 2011
Comedy, Drama


Newly divorced, a boozy misanthropic novelist, who ghost writes a once-popular series of young adult books, returns to her hometown to try to seduce her former boyfriend, who now has a wife and child.

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Young Adult Directed by Jason Reitman

Critics reviews

That sort of visual engagement goes almost completely out of the window in the next Reitman–Cody film, Young Adult; in its place are empty-headed broad strokes. It’s a shame that Young Adult isn’t stronger, because it’s Cody’s best-written work, centered on her most complicated, difficult lead character.
May 31, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Young Adult

    Manages to be despicable and disgusting due to the gross character (brilliantly portrait by Charlize) but at the same time is eerily warm & kinda sweet. Featuring one of the weirdest sex scenes I've ever seen (Solondz? wakey wakey). Diablo Cody is way better screenwriter than Reitman is at directing, that's obvious. I can totally relate to the 'loveable' stalkerism of chasing an high-school flame one let go away </3

  • mjgildea's rating of the film Young Adult

    I know Young Adult isn't exactly a 4-star movie but I really dug it. The soundtrack along with all the little details made this movie for me. Charlize Theron and Patton Oswalt were great together. I felt like the inside of my skull (Mavis' neurosis and Matt's nerdiness/love for REAL punk) was scraped and turned into a movie. I kind of wish I saw this one sooner.

  • mpho3's rating of the film Young Adult

    I think people get hung up on the fact that this is billed as a comedy, but as A.O. Scott notes in the NYTimes, "the established codes of modern movie comedy are [in Young Adult] scrambled and subverted in ways that are puzzling, amusing, horrifying and ultimately astonishing." The alcoholism and mental illness are dark, but Theron and Oswalt shine.

  • Ari's rating of the film Young Adult

    Making comedies about the assholishness of others isn't brave dark comedy but a humorless smug and self-satisfied projection. I suppose Reitman fancies himself the auteur of contemporary middle class American malaise but his fake existential posturing is shallow, obvious, and tiresome.

  • Seth Farmer's rating of the film Young Adult

    Reitman's most mature (and best) film yet. He reigns in the music video editing and instead replaces it a more basic shooting style. For instance, the quaint local restaurants and shopping malls of small town America fit comfortably into the 16:9 aspect ratio. Yup, this is as basic as it gets; no flashy stuff. This restraint shows Reitman's growth as a filmmaker; it allows room for the actors to breathe.

  • This is Jake Kath's rating of the film Young Adult

    This almost made up for Up in the Air and Juno. Very solid work and a great performance from Ms.Theron that should have been recognized by the academy but that's a muddled argument (specifically if you asked me, who thought Never say never should have been nominated for best documentary). This movie is definitely a 70s character study done now. I found the main character to be immediately identifiable.

  • Hunter Duesing's rating of the film Young Adult

    YOUNG ADULT shows that Diablo Cody (typing that name hurts) has matured as a writer, maintaining her voice without resorting to the preening dialogue that sunk her last two movies. Charlize Theron's alcoholic "prom queen bitch" is an unpleasant, yet entertaining protagonist. Her broad quest to relive her rose-tinted past through writing and attempted homewrecking is treated with a understated hand by Jason Reitman.

  • Joe Hackman's rating of the film Young Adult

    I liked it. Gutsy choice to make the main character so detestable, but I'm usually a fan of films with main characters you don't necessarily like. Theron is also superb, but the direction seemed a little aimless. Worth the watch.

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