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Paramount releases official synopsis for YOUNG ADULT

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
May 18th, 2011

Reuniting director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody for a different type of film than their beloved JUNO, Paramount Pictures is bringing us YOUNG ADULT. The film stars Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson, and Elizabeth Reaser, and sees Theron as a young adult novel writer who, despite some career success, still feels the need to return home "to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart." Things don't go quite to plan.

As our buddy Peter over at /Film notes, buzz out of test screenings has been positive, with Cody's screenplay being described as "completely different than any of her past work." As much as I enjoyed JUNO, the tricky wordplay that got notice already feels dated, and I'd love to see Cody break away from that. Writers writing about writers can move works into deeper territories, and the choice to have Theron lead such a cast and film is really interesting to me. I'm quite optimistic for YOUNG ADULT.

Check out the official release from Paramount after the break.

“YOUNG ADULT”
Paramount Pictures and Mandate Pictures Present
A Mr. Mudd Production
In Association with Right of Way Films and Denver & Delilah Films
A Film by Jason Reitman
“Young Adult”
Executive Producers Nathan Kahane, John Malkovich, Steven Rales, Helen Estabrook
Produced by Lianne Halfon, Russell Smith,
Diablo Cody, Mason Novick, Jason Reitman
Written by Diablo Cody
Directed by Jason Reitman

Cast: Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson, Elizabeth Reaser

Synopsis: Academy Award® 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.

“Young Adult” reunites Jason Reitman, Academy Award© nominated director of “Juno,” and Academy Award© winning screenwriter, Diablo Cody.

Release: TBD

This film has not been rated.

CREDITS ARE NOT FINAL AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Source Press Release

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