I have thoroughly enjoyed every Diablo Cody movie I have seen…and this one is no different.
Charlize Theron inhabits the role of Mavis Gary so completely that it is hard to imagine that she is not that person. From the opening scenes, when we see Theron in the messy apartment, the TV playing in the background, and she is sleeping in what can only be a very depressed state, we know that this is going to be a very dark tale.
We slowly come to see what her vulnerabilities are. As a “ghost” writer of a YA series that is about to end unsuccessfully, it is no surprise that she seeks out her former glory days. High school was the pinnacle for her, and her former boyfriend (played by Patrick Wilson) becomes an obsession.
Going home to the town where she was a “star” turns into another kind of journey.
I could not turn away from Young Adult, even though it definitely was not going to a happy place. This is a movie I will watch whenever I want to study a character whose sad and lonely life is hidden, sometimes unsuccessfully, behind a veneer of apparent self-confidence.