We’re used to seeing movies about men who refuse to grow up. There is admittedly some slight novelty value in a film that trains an unforgiving eye on a female who, at the age of 37, tries to relive the last good period of her life, some twenty years ago when she was the prettiest girl in school.
Like a train wreck, Young Adult is surprisingly compelling, and Theron gives a potent performance. But the film offers no real pleasure and has no resonance, other than a bitter aftertaste. We don’t come away with any deeper understanding of small-town America, middle-class aspirations, or beautiful women whose looks belie their true nature.
Having admired all of Reitman’s previous films, and having always known that Theron is a talented actress, I find this film particularly disheartening
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