Directed by: Jason Reitman
Written by: Diablo Cody (screenplay)
Starring: Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson and Collette Wolf
Mavis Gary is one of the most fully realized movie characters in recent memory, and certainly of 2011. In the span of Young Adult’s 90 minutes, Diablo Cody’s writing, Jason Reitman’s directing and Charlize Theron’s acting fuse together seamlessly to show us her demented, delusional inner workings.
In an early scene, Mavis is going to meet up with an old flame from high school named Buddy (Patrick Wilson). She enters this small town bar with a tight, skimpy black outfit. As she looks around the bar, judging every other patron there, the camera shifts to a POV shot as if asking us to judge them too. When the waiter comes to her table, she rudely tells him to take back the silverware and bring her a drink. Buddy enters, and she lights up with a grotesque fakeness that she dons almost as often as her snide glare.