That’s why the lady is a tramp
DIRECTOR Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody reunite to recapture some of the skewed and shrewd magic of their hit Juno.
Charlize Theron turns herself inside out to play a role as against type as her Oscarwinning display in Monster.
Stand- up comic Patton Oswalt ( Neil from the United States of Tara ) chimes in with a performance so finely rendered it makes you wish his character was the real subject of the picture.
And yet Young Adult just never grows up enough to get over the kooky novelty of its premise.
It is a movie so impressed with its own pitch – hey folks, come and watch classy Charlize be all slobby and slutty! – that it doesn’t ever bother crafting any kind of worthwhile follow- through.
Theron plays Mavis, a boozy, bitchy writer in her late- 30s who returns home to her small town to ‘‘ rescue’’ her teenage sweetheart ( Patrick Wilson, pictured with Theron) from a happy marriage and settled home life.
Mavis is so delusionally self- obsessed, and casually self- destructive, that the errors of her ways simply never occur to her.
Young Adult wrings every gag it can from the misanthropy of Mavis. A sizeable number, in fact. The pity of it all is that not many are all that amusing.
The sharpest and best lines in the picture go to Oswalt, playing a crippled former classmate of Mavis who knows exactly what she is up to.
While Theron’s abrasively unlikeable performance cannot be faulted, the film is fundamentally flawed from the get- go.
Though there are some fine individual scenes, the one- note story told here never satisfies or engages.
Now showing State Cinema