Watch: Charlize Theron Is The Girl You Hated In High School In The First Trailer For 'Young Adult'

by Kevin Jagernauth
October 6, 2011 5:54 AM
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Update: /Film have a slightly raunchier version of the trailer. Watch below.

Playing it coy this time around, Jason Reitman has kept his next film "Young Adult" off the festival circuit entirely. And while it has quietly begun screening for very special people, feedback has been kept under lock and key, but the buzz is that this film is a bit darker than we're used to from Reitman. With the solid first trailer now landing for the movie, we figure there's a good reason why the film is being brought to you, "From The Director Of 'Up In The Air' And 'Thank You For Smoking.'" There will be no food babies here.

Once again reteaming with “Juno” writer Diablo Cody, Reitman’s fourth feature stars Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson and Patton Oswalt (with J.K. Simmons narrating), and follows the story of a divorced 30-something young-adult fiction writer (Theron; and hence the book cover one-sheet) who returns to her Minnesota home to chase after her now-married-with-kids ex-boyfriend (Wilson). Oswalt plays a semi-crippled old high school acquaintance and drinking buddy. This trailer does a nice job of establishing the players in the movie and the general premise without giving a whole lot away. Theron looks unbelievably solid here and Oswalt is easily the ace up the sleeve. It's certainly humorous but there is an undercurrent of darkness that we reckon will get more pronounced in a future spot.

“Young Adult” hits theaters on December 9th. You can check out the full synopsis below and trailer below (or watch it in HD at Apple). [embed via ComingSoon]

Academy Award(R) winner Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary, a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). When returning home proves more difficult than she thought, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt) who hasn't quite gotten over high school, either.





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14 Comments

  • jingmei | October 10, 2011 1:02 AMReply

    Agree, Cody is hilarious, this piece looks not bad, at least.

  • walktheearth | October 7, 2011 4:29 AMReply

    This trailer looks totally flat to me. I find the Bowie song that plays over the clip out of place and the acting felt lifeless. I like the talent involved with the picture, but who ever put this trailer together did a piss poor job.

  • Lincoln | October 7, 2011 3:47 AMReply

    On the note of Cody hate, have you watched 'United States of Tara'? Great show.

  • me | October 6, 2011 12:18 PMReply

    i do agree, who is the cute natalie portman stand-in? perhaps adding that character would be beyond cody's abilities. To make a sweeping assumption that to hate diablos' work is strictly based on that she's an overnight success would really point the finger to most talents in hollywood now. she re-wrote ghost world, admittedly, and called it Juno. why all the hate for the poor lonely hipsters?

  • Kortney Marcer | October 6, 2011 11:53 AMReply

    What's with the Diablo Cody hate? Jealous much? So what if she had overnight fame with Juno?! It WAS a well-written script. She had a great idea with Jennifer's Body but that was pretty much hacked to pieces by an atrocious director and casting Megan Fox in the lead role. I don't see how any of this is deserving of such intense hatred. She IS a talented writer and while some of her hipster-lingo can be tiring, she knows how to put together engaging material. I'm all for Cody writing more and I sure hope this film provides her with a second chance at an Oscar nomination.

  • rotch | October 6, 2011 11:07 AMReply

    @me

    If this is a Beautiful Girls rehash, who's the cute kid Natalie Portman stand in?

  • me | October 6, 2011 11:00 AMReply

    i suppose due to cody's lack of movie history, she innocently doesn't know she just wrote "beautiful girls" again but replaced the main character to a girl. call it what you will, this is a dumbed down rehash.

  • Blargo | October 6, 2011 7:59 AMReply

    Kudos to the marketing team for omitting all the Diablo Cody-isms from the trailer. I did not roll my eyes once.

  • Nik Grape | October 6, 2011 7:14 AMReply

    This looks straight up excellent. Can't wait!

  • rotch | October 6, 2011 7:13 AMReply

    I'm a Diablo Cody hater, but this looks solid.

  • Liz | October 6, 2011 6:52 AMReply

    She looked like Katherine Heigl in some parts, it freaked me out.

  • Chase | October 6, 2011 6:37 AMReply

    It's his fourth feature film: Thank You For Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air, and Young Adult.

  • Cory Everett | October 6, 2011 6:31 AMReply

    I think this looks great. Not at all what I was expecting.

  • Fred | October 6, 2011 6:22 AMReply

    Fourth feature, right?

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