December 22, 2011
Charlize Tries But "Cynical Adult Does Not
I love Charlize Theron and she does not disappoint in her acting in this film. It's the script that fails here. Mavis Gray the character that Ms. Theron portrays is a very unhappy woman and an alcoholic to boot, who can't even take care of a dog, no less herself. She returns to her old town in Minnesota to "get back" her old high school boyfriend ( a always reliable Patrick Wilson). If I were her, I would have stayed the Miniapple, since she returns more narcissistic, sour, cynical and a total overall wreck than she was in high school, which according to the screenplay evidenly was her peak. It's been downhill ever since. I failed to mention Buddy her old love is married and has a new little baby girl. This doesn't bother Mavis in the least...she wants what she wants and secretly feels entitled to. Let's just say, does Mavis change in the end...No., Does she learn from past mistakes,,,No. Is she still unhappy, alcoholic and narcisstic..Yes. Was it at all funny or touching...A Big No!
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