Young Adult Synopsis
A writer (Charlize Theron) returns to her hometown to recapture her glory days and an old flame.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A dark comedy that confirms Diablo Cody as a screenwriter of importance, eliminates the last shred of doubt that Jason Reitman is a major...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Young Adult bumps along with nasty swerves, middle finger proudly in the air, toward an ending blessedly free of anything warm, fuzzy, or...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A cockeyed comic triumph that flashes between bright and dark like a strobe light of the spirit. And Ms. Theron, as Mavis Gary, a...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Young Adult may at times be stuck between emotional gears, but that's by design. Like its heroine, the movie refuses to pick up after...
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By Bob Mondello
So it makes sense that Young Adult feels at times like a mashup of styles and genres - part curdled rom-com, part psycho-prom-queen flick,...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
In this tale of stunted development, Theron is a comic force of nature, giving her character considerable density and humanity despite her...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A pitch-black comedy steeped in bitterness and regret.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Diablo Cody wrote Young Adult, and it's an improvement over "Juno," her first script.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Their scenes together are the film's best, with Theron and Oswalt, who have very different tempi and temperatures as performers, parrying...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
While on sardonic turf, it's scathingly funny. Then it veers from biting wit to pitiful. At one juncture, the story threatens to spin off...
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finally a comedy worth going to the movies for

By barbiesparkles
this won't be for everyone- the humor is dark and cynical, with lots of irony. it's in the realm of larry david and louis ck. but if you want to watch another bland comedy stay home and watch tv. and...

Loved it

By slowkrawler01
I truly feel that there's a little bit of Mavis in everyone out there. Except for a few of the plot twists, I found the movie completely believable. Mavis is a mess, but a somewhat lovable one. I...

Charlize Tries But "Cynical Adult Does Not

By gabbycorner
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...

Young Adult

By cbcolman
Charleze Theron is such a beautiful lady and such a great actress. I was disappointed in her choice of this role. There was a great message in the script but it was difficult to watch her character...

depressing, pointless, bad script

By lindafab
Diablo should have quit while she was ahead. This movie has no redeeming value, no message, and it just leaves you feeling depressed and like you just wasted your time. Writing was terrible. I...

Beautiful batty baby

By judybert
Great performance by Charlize Theron whose always beautiful to look on. Her character writes YA novels based loosely on her life and sentences she overhears. Her fantasy of reuniting with her now...

Old or young adult should run from this waste of time

By leepat
This movie should have been titled "Let's all look at how pretty Charlize Theron is on the big screen". This movie started bad and ended bad. You can look deeper into it and see the struggle...

Interesting look at mental illness and hero worship

By CCLyons
Charlize Theron is amazing! Her Mavis, is NOT likeable. She's a liar and alcoholic (probably to cover up multiple mental problems, including depression, narcissism, and sociopathy). She's detestable,...


By occasional_goer
This film offers nothing. It's not funny, challenging, eye-opening, motivating or informative. You are left wondering why you stayed in the theatre. I love Charlize, generally, but this role was...

What a surprise!

By Old Guy 45
Not at all what I expected. I thought we were going to see another rom-com. It turns out to be a serious flick about real life. Funny, shocking, charming and sad. Charlize Theron was absolutely...

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Rated R | For Language and some sexual content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Scathingly funny "mean girl" story has lots of drinking.
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