Review | Young Adult

Entertainment Dec. 6, 2011 AT 12:45AM
Review | Young Adult Credit: Paramount Pictures

Opens: Friday 12/16

Us Rating: ***

Charlize Theron delivers another Oscar-worthy performance in this ultra-dark comedy from Juno scribe Diablo Cody. Mavis (Theron) is a nasty, alcoholic novelist hell-bent on winning back her high school sweetheart. The fact that Buddy (the affable Patrick Wilson) is married and has a baby? Just "baggage," according to the clueless mean girl. In the hands of a lesser actress, Mavis could have become a caricature. But Theron plays the faded prom queen with a quiet vulnerability, giving a fully realized portrait of a woman who can't let go of her past glory days.

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