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YOUNG ADULT (2011)
 
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Release Date: December 9, 2011 (wide: Dec. 16)
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Director: Jason Reitman
Screenwriter: Diablo Cody
Starring: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt, Elizabeth Reaser
Genre: Comedy, Drama
MPAA Rating: R (for language and some sexual content)
Official Website: YoungAdultmovie.com

STUDIO SYNOPSIS: Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary, a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). When returning home proves more difficult than she thought, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt) who hasn't quite gotten over high school, either.
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The title is for the genre of books published for young adults, and it also suggests the central character who is an immature adult. The film comes from the team behind "Juno" - Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody and Academy Award®-nominated director Jason Reitman.



(iPad/iPhone here) Mavis Gary is a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart. When returning home proves more difficult than she thought, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate who hasn't quite gotten over high school, either.


Screenwriter Diablo Cody: "This one began with 'an amazing news story' about a woman who had gone after her high school sweetheart years later and as she explains, "I thought to myself, that's pretty rich. What if there was this woman, this character who is kind of emotionally immature and the happiest she's ever been in her life was high school? What if she's still kind of stunted and thinks that the only way she can reclaim that happiness is to literally go back and find the man who made her happy then? Then I just started writing."


JASON REITMAN (DIRECTOR/PRODUCER) He directed "Juno" in 2007 for which he earned his first Oscar nomination and a Grammy, followed by "Up in the Air” in 2009, which was recognized with six Academy Award® nominations. Through his company Right of Way Films, Reitman produced the film "Jeff, Who Lives At Home."


DIABLO CODY (WRITER/PRODUCER) Diablo Cody won a WGA Award, an Independent Spirit Award, and the Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay for her film "Juno." Following "Juno," she wrote the horror film, "Jennifer's Body" which was released by Fox in September 2009. Cody was also the creator and executive producer of the SHOWTIME hit series United States of Tara for which Toni Colette took home the Emmy® and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.


Oscar-winning actress CHARLIZE THERON (MAVIS GARY) captivated audiences as female serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the independent gem "Monster." PATTON OSWALT (MATT FREEHAUF) his works includes "The Ledge“, "Morning Glory“, "The Switch“, "Barry Munday“, "The A Team“ and "Watchmen." ELIZABETH REASER (BETH SLADE) plays the matriarch of the "Cullen" clan in "The Twilight Saga.”


Patrick Wilson (BUDDY SLADE) is a critically acclaimed and an award-winning theatre actor who has quickly become well-known for his body of work. ELIZABETH REASER (BETH SLADE) known for “Hot Tub Time Machine”, “Observe and Report”, “Four Christmases” and “17 Again”.


The dictionary defines Make-up as “the total ensemble of cosmetics, wigs, costumes, etc., used by an actor or other performer.” In this story Mavis Gary is a performer (as in pre-form) and an very much an actor acting out her own script.



(iPad/iPhone here) Parents and friends can offer objectivity about ourselves that we are often blind to. Robert Burns: “O would some power the gift to give us to see ourselves as others see us.”


Thought: “Any decent society must generate a feeling of community. Community offsets loneliness. It gives people a vitally necessary sense of belonging. Yet today the institutions on which community depends are crumbling in all the techno-societies. The result is a spreading plague of loneliness.”
--ALVIN TOFFLER, The Third Wave



(iPad/iPhone here) “Fashion as a belief is manifested through clothing.”
--YUNIYA KAWAMURA, Fashion-ology


“Break not an ancient friendship; keep it hale; Stir round its roots, that it be green of heart; Let not the spirit of its growth depart: It is a power to brave the strongest gale.”
--WILLIAM WILSEY MARTIN, "Friendship"




(iPad/iPhone here) “When we forget old friends, it is a sign we have forgotten ourselves.”
--WILLIAM HAZLITT, Characteristics


“Reality is that which when you stop believing in it, it doesn't go away.”
--PHILIP K. DICK, Valis



(iPad/iPhone here) “Illusion is sometimes all that keeps us sane.”
--LAURELL K. HAMILTON, The Killing Dance


“O, what a tangled web we weave; When first we practice to deceive!”
--SIR WALTER SCOTT, Marmion


“The most evident quality of human life is its loneliness.”
--AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought


“O, what a tangled web we weave; When first we practice to deceive!”
--SIR WALTER SCOTT, Marmion

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