The film stars South African actress Charlize Theron who does a really good job as Mavis who is a really interesting screen presence. Mavis is a 37 year old ghost writer of trashy ‘young adult’ fiction, living in Minneapolis and unhappy in life. After receiving an email announcement that her old high school flame had a baby, Mavis decides to go on a trip to her small hometown with the rather hopeless task of trying to win over her former lover, now happily married and with a child.
There’s something really rather interesting about Mavis. She’s a character somewhere in between just being rather unhappy in life and someone ever so slightly mentally unhinged. Her return to her old town makes her think about how her life is going compared to her old classmates and whether or not all these years later she can let go to her youth.
I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a comedy, but it did make me laugh although admittedly I was in the minority. I found it a really interesting take on adulthood and there’s a genuine realism about the film which make it well worth a watch.
Young Adult is out on 3rd February in the UK. Running time 94 mins. Certificate 15 (UK).
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Review by David Rank