Academy Award winner Charlize Theron stars as Mavis Gary, a ghostwriter of a teen series novel, who, after getting divorced, returns to her small hometown in Minnesota, where she is remembered as the girl from high school that you love to hate.
Thinking she can revive their youthful dreams, Mavis tries to reclaim her relationship with her high school boyfriend, Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson). Despite knowing Buddy is blissfully married and a new father to a baby girl, she still thinks they are meant for each other and that getting him back is rescuing him from his boring life.
Buddy tells Mavis very matter of factly that he loves the life he has now, but she doesn’t listen and makes crazy attempts to make him fall in love with her again.. She buys blonde hair extensions, dolls herself up, and buys a sexy new wardrobe in an attempt to make Buddy’s wife (Elizabeth Reaser) jealous.
In the midst of her pathetic mission, Mavis develops a friendship with her former classmate, Matt (Patton Oswalt). Matt was the high school geek that nobody ever noticed and, like Mavis, is not yet finished with high school. After a few drinks, he coaxes Mavis into abandoning her plans and going to therapy, eventually helping her get herself together.
Young Adult is directed by Jason Reitman and is a film that will keep you laughing, while offering a lesson or two about coping getting older – even if you’re fighting hard against it. This film is a departure from Theron’s more serious roles audiences are accustomed to seeing her in, but she displays wonderful comedic timing and may very well have found a new genre for herself in romantic comedies.