Hoo boy, where to start.
Young Adult, written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman, is a romantic comedy which lacks romance and is void of laughs. It follows Mavis (Charlize Theron) as she pursues her ex from high school, Buddy (Patrick Wilson) — who happens to be married with a newborn daughter. Patton Oswalt stars as a disabled former classmate of Mavis’s, and Young Adult is one of the most painful affairs I’ve seen in a long time.
There aren’t many things technically wrong with Young Adult — the writing, directing, and acting is good — but the story simply isn’t one worth telling. This is a perfect picture of an adult making bad decisions. Scene after scene after scene, that’s all it is, making the 94 minute runtime very enduring; Young Adult is conceptually bad. There isn’t much more I can say without spoiling anything — this movie doesn’t deserve more words anyway — but for what it’s worth, I don’t recommend you spend valuable time watching this.
It’s unfortunate. Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman are the writing/directing team behind Juno, which is a fantastic film. I’m having a hard time believing that they’re responsible for Young Adult, but it’s true.
What a shame.