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Young Adult (2011)
December 8, 2011, 7:57 am
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Director: Jason Reitman

A thoroughly cynical exercise, Young Adult‘s error is not its unredeemable protagonist, but the way in which Reitman and Cody are unable to resist mocking the characters around her. Many critics have called Patton Oswalt the heart of the film – which, I suppose, is intended to be the case – however, in a tender love scene involving him and Theron, Reitman cuts away to his action figure collection for a laugh at his expense. Charlize Theron is good but miscast. The picture’s idea of wit involves scene-after-scene of her consuming junk food and alcohol. How does she maintain her figure? Perhaps the character would have been pitiable if the audience was given a visual representation of her fall from grace. But that’s the least of the script’s problems. It’s a mean-spirited, joyless effort that relies solely on coincidence. After directing one of the most enjoyable comedies of the last several years – Up in the Air – this is a huge step back for Reitman.

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