Artisokka 12: Young Adult
1 h 33 min
Theron does something remarkable. She takes a character who should be unsympathetic - a condescending, delusional, unpleasant, amoral woman with no grace or kindness - and makes us feel for her. She does this, with the help of Reitman and Cody, by keying into the character's pain, making us recognize a sadness that the character herself doesn't even see.
The filmmakers devise a series of funny, appalling incidents and many other smaller moments that are subtly awful, that can make your skin crawl with discomfort. In a good way. Between the laughs, it keeps its focus on Mavis' misery, and though it goes to soft places, it never goes soft on us. That's the best news of all, that Young Adult is just as tough and caustic at the finish as at the start.
Mick LaSalle / San Francisco Chronicle
Jason Reitman: Young Adult. USA 2011. Finnkino.
Tuotanto/Production: Mandate Pictures, Mr. Mudd Productions / Lianne Halfon, Russell Smith, Diablo Cody, Mason Novick, Jason Reitman * Käsikirjoitus/Script: Diablo Cody * Kuvaus/DOP: Eric Steelberg * Leikkaus/Editor: Dana E. Glauberman, A.C.E. * Pääosissa/Cast: Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson * Kopion lähde/DCP source: Finnkino * Kieli/Language: English * Kesto/Duration: 93 min