‘Young Adult’ Red Band Promo: Charlize Theron Is A Horrible Person

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Oscar-winner Charlize Theron looks to have a ball playing lovely (but unscrupulous) characters over the next year. However, before she portrays a corporate tool in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus – and the wicked queen in Snow White and the Huntsman – Theron will first play a bat out of hell an often-drunk author in Young Adult.

Young Adult is an original dramedy that marks the reunion of Juno writing-directing team Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman. It’s already been picking up awards buzz, thanks to Theron’s leading turn as the unhinged Mavis Gary and Patton Oswalt’s supporting part as the schlubby Matt Freehauf, one of Mavis’ former high school peers.

Cody and Reitman’s new joint effort revolves around Miss Gary (Theron), a recently-divorced young adult fiction writer who heads back to her hometown, in the hopes of rekindling a romance with her high school sweetheart, Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson). However, the problem is Buddy is now happily married to Beth (Twilight‘s Elizabeth Reaser) and even has a handful of kids… not to mention, Mavis is not exactly what you would call a socially-capable human being.

Case in point – just watch how Mavis responds when Beth accidentally spills a drink on her shirt in the NSFW Young Adult promo below:

The full-length Young Adult trailer teased an unabashedly dark and funny dramedy that revolves around a tour-de-force (yet not over-the-top) performance from Theron. Similarly, this new scene/promo offers further proof that – while Theron’s character may be a horrible and uncomfortable person to be around – she’s going to be a hoot to watch onscreen. Plus, when Cody is on her A-game, she is capable of concocting some pretty memorable one-liners; so Theron also should get to spout some nasty zingers here.

Young Adult, as a whole, looks to be another cleverly-conceived and intelligent character study from Reitman. The man is now somewhat of a specialist, when it comes to empathetic portrayals of seemingly despicable people – be it Aaron Eckhart’s cigarette spokesman in Thank You for Smoking or George Clooney’s “corporate downsizer” in Up in the Air. So that certainly bodes well for Cody and Reitman’s latest joint effort.

Young Adult begins a limited theatrical release in the U.S. on December 9th, 2011. It will expand wide a week later on the 16th.

Source: Trailer Addict

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  1. Looks like a winner! I’ll be watching this one!

  2. Saw this last month at a secret screening at the Sundance Kabuki in SF. Theron is good as always but the real revelation for me was Patton Oswalt, who deserves a supporting actor nomination for his fantastic performance.

  3. The almost sex scene with Oswalt and Thereon was disgusting. I was upset I had eaten before (and during) the movie. Gag!

  4. My IMDB review for Young Adult – opening Dec. 16

    The Film Authority on Young Adult

    Summary: Theron is not just a pretty face; shows depth and compassion

    This film really drags through the first 45 minutes. The story line is boring mostly and quite dark. But then our human existence is ofttimes like that. Is it worth spending 45 minutes looking at Charlize Theron who doesn’t always look beautiful and is often drunk? Of course its worthwhile! Critics have already forecast that her role may result in a second Oscar for the beautiful South African.

    If you can persevere through the first half of the film without walking out, you will be treated to an amazing performance by Theron! In a confrontation with family, friends and ex-boyfriend, a drunk Theron screams her regret and pain for having an abortion 20 years earlier. Angst that she has held inside for 20 years has essentially stunted her emotional growth. It’s a masterful job of acting and brings us into the depths of her soul and regret at destroying her unborn son. surprising message from Hollywood that has so long been dominated by progressive/liberal/permissives.

    it is a rare occasion when Hollywood allows such an accurate yet painful depiction of such a controversial subject. I congratulate and thank the writers, director and producer for putting it all out there. it’s about time we started dealing with the truth in these matters and stop the cover-up.

    Film is from the director and writer combo who brought you Juno, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody. And thank you Charlize for such an intense and realistic performance!

    • Hey Film Authority – She didn’t have an abortion, it was a miscarriage! “Destroying her unborn son?”. What film were you at? She lost the baby at 12 weeks – she said it right in the film?