Young Adult Trailer: Charlize Theron’s Unhappy High-School Reunion


Jason Reitman reportedly felt that his last film, Up in the Air, peaked too early in Oscar season, and he was determined not to make the same mistake with his new Young Adult, which he kept under lock and key, releasing nary a print to a film festival or a single scene or trailer online until every other awards contender had showed its own hand. Well, we still haven't seen anything from Angelina Jolie's In the Land of Blood and Honey (applause on your slow-play, Angie), but now that straggler My Week With Marilyn has finally put out some footage, we guess the coast is pretty much clear? And so we've got the first, two-minute look at Young Adult, which reteams Reitman with his Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody and, in the movie, reunites an embittered teen-lit author (Charlize Theron) with her former high-school beau (Patrick Wilson), whom she plots to pluck from his happy marriage. If you thought ladies behaved badly in Bridesmaids and Bad Teacher, they don't hold a candle to Theron in this, and the trailer is not afraid to sell that, playing up her character as "the girl you hated from high school." But in a landscape crowded with Oscar-baiting antiheroines — this comes out the same day as Meryl Streep's Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, and a week before Rooney Mara's Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo — is Young Adult most likely to succeed? [Coming Soon]