Review 77 – Young Adult


You can go home again, but if you were the popular girl in high school and have become super famous, why would you?

Young Adult

Why I Saw It: My initial impressions of the trailers and plot overview lead me to believe this was going to be an above average movie at best, but it was available to watch on Netflix Instant and with some people giving it GOOD reviews, I decided to give it a try. Diablo Cody entertained me with Juno, so I figured she deserves at least two more chances.

Memorable Performances: Due to the fact that her portrayal is very similar to how I believe Charlize Theron would act if she visited with fellow alumnists from her high school back in Johannesburg and it wasn’t part of a publicity stunt. The number of Best Actress nominations she got for this role are insane. On the other hand, Patton Oswalt gave a very enjoyable performance in a role which could’ve been portrayed much differently (to negative effect).

The Regrettable Aspects: The film could’ve included a few flashback scenes to build up just how famous Charlize Theron’s character had been, how popular the book series was, or even more about what she was like in high school.  The slight plot twist near the very end could’ve been built up a bit better with some very subtle hints to it throughout.

Would I watch it again? I might, if only to pay more attention to potential hints dropped along the way or to build a better perspective on Patton Oswalt’s performance. Certainly not an overly enjoyable film for any reason, so any subsequent viewings would be for the purpose of analysis… and I honestly can’t see that happening in 2013.

To Whom Would I Recommend It? If someone just wants SOMETHING to watch and they’re not picky and their expectations are low and perhaps they like movies with jaded perspectives, I might recommend this, but it would come with recommendations of having low expectations.

Rating: 6.2 out of 10

Potential Nominations for Film Quest ’12:  

  • Best Supporting Actor – Patton Oswalt

Next up, ACT OF VALOR.


2 responses to “Review 77 – Young Adult

  1. Theron gives a terrific performance. She elevates the movie by demonstrating her versatility. She almost makes you feel sympathetic towards this blonde, beautiful and sharp-witted anti-heroine. Oswalt deserved consideration for supporting actor as well. Great review Rob.

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