Let’s get this out of the way: Young Adult is not a good movie.
My friends and I decided that at the theatre, every film seemed too depressing for a fun weekend. We opted to go to Young Adult thinking that it would be at least slightly humorous like Diablo Cody’s other films Juno or Jennifer’s Body. Instead, we were greeted with a movie that was painful to watch.
Part of this goes for Mavis (Charlize Theron) being such an unlikable character. Throughout the film, she aims to break up a marriage and cruelly undermine everyone in her surroundings. Some characters can come off as enjoyable bitches. You appreciate how bitchy they can be and wallow in it. In this instance, Mavis is a truly bitchy character that is not in any way entertaining to watch. The train wreck she goes through is stale, bland, and predictable.
The characters are not interesting and fall into typical stereotypes. Matt (Patton Oswalt) is perhaps the only redeemable character, and even then his character is far from compelling. Oswalt still does a decent job acting, but, in this movie, that is not enough. The acting all around is okay, but nothing can save this film.
There is one shot in the whole film that I liked in the beginning. It’s when Mavis stands on the porch of her apartment and looks out over the city. Other than that, the shots by Jason Reitman were mediocre at best.
This film did nothing for me, and, while in the theatre, I was counting down my time until it was over. I honestly felt bad bringing my friends to the film. At least I had free tickets, otherwise, it was pretty much a waste.