[Last Film I Saw] Young Adult (2011)

Title: Young Adult
Year: 2011
Country: USA
Language: English
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director: Jason Reitman
Writer: Diablo Cody
Music: Rolfe Kent
Cinematography: Eric Steelberg
Charlize Theron
Patrick Wilson
Patton Oswalt
Elizabeth Reaser
Jill Eikenberry
Collette Wolfe
Mary Beth Hurt
Richard Bekins
Hettienne Park
J.K. Simmons
Brian McElhaney
Rating: 6.8/10

Saw the film several weeks ago on the plane for the first time, due to fatigue and poor quality of the video, so I presumed a rematch is a jolly idea, especially a BlueRay version. This film marks a post-JUNO (2007) coalition from director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody.

Diablo’s script has an rather earthy touch and incisive sharpness, which deftly captures an epitomized young adult’s immature rite-of-passage. What’s more rare and bold is our protagonist is a pretty unsavory sort, so the film literally risks losing its more generally appealing affinity by hatching a story of an obnoxious she-devil’s willful quest for a resignation with her high school beau who is a happily married man now.

A straightforward story arc may not be able to offer expansive room for Jason Reitman to exhibit his masterful time-and-locale switches like in UP IN THE AIR (2009), and basically it is a film relies more on the script and the thespians, so it is chiefly a welterweight task for Jason (also JUNO’s straw of luck didn’t happen this time), so we should be more realistic to raise hope for his next project due in 2013.

Clearly the plot has a knowingly impending warning of the final showdown (an awkward humiliation is bluntly intruded), we all pretty sure it is a one-sided futile pursuit of our anti-heroine, and Oscar winner Charlize Theron has returned her leading lady’s high ground, dominates the whole film under her fully-exposed dedication, and sacrifices herself even more than in MONSTER (2003), where at least she still has Christina Ricci to kiss and in this one, her only comfort companion is a hate-crime, fat cripple (Patton Oswalt), with a distorted penis.

But it is Patton Oswalt’s character who counterpoints Charlize’s domineering bitchiness, and renders the film a keen and pragmatic view of introspection, a No. 4 ranking of BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR of 2011.

PS: In my own opinion, this is the exact sort of comedy Hollywood should have produced more other than raunchy farces like THE DICTATOR (2012) or AMERICAN REUNION (2012).

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