The title of Young Adult may refer to the literary genre that Charlize Theron's character dabbles in, but it's clear that her character is a bit of an overgrown child herself. Theron plays Mavis, a former high school mean girl who's still stuck in the past (as evidenced by more than just her Hello Kitty t-shirt), and returns to her hometown to reclaim her ex-boyfriend (Patrick Wilson). Though he's married and expecting a baby, deluded Mavis still has full confidence in her powers of persuasion.
The movie reteams Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman, and I was happy to see that there's plenty of dry humor here without an onslaught of Cody's signature invented slang. Theron fits the role of the still-gorgeous former teen queen like a glove, and Patton Oswalt provides a nice foil as the only guy in town who can still stand her. The film hits theaters on Dec. 16, but take a look at the trailer when you read more.