If you're tired of all the dour, inspirational, or serious end-of-the-year movies hoping for Oscar glory, Charlize Theron might have the solution to your problem. She's the magnetic, vicious heart of the first trailer for Young Adult, which makes another collaboration between Juno's director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody. The bleak Midwestern settings and bad fashion choices might feel familiar from Juno, but this movie is looking a lot less cuddly. The trailer premiered at Apple, where you can watch it in high-res, or you can also check it out embedded below.
I think we all expected Charlize Theron to really be going for it in this performance, playing a successful by slightly psychotic young adult author who returns to her hometown in order to woo her high school sweetheart. But I like the way she seems to be modulating things here, both unhinged and fearless but not over the top. And what's there really to say about Patton Oswalt as her childhood friend-- he's barely in the trailer, and maybe it's just because it's Patton Oswalt and we automatically love him, but he seems to be adding so much just at first look. I don't care what you thought about Diablo Cody after Juno became such an enormous, buzzy success-- she's a talented writer who creates characters like nobody else, and Young Adult looks to be no different. The movie won't come to theaters until December 9, so we'll have a bit longer to look forward to it, but this trailer gives a lot of reason to be excited.
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