Thursday, December 22, 2011

"Young Adult" and Me: A Rather (Unfortunatley) True Story

Earlier today I completed the first thing on my "Christmas Break To Do" list, which was to see the movie "Young Adult". Before seeing the movie I already knew quite a bit about the film, so it wasn't a shock when it turned out to be a very dark and almost depressing movie. That's actually what intrigued me!

I turned seeing this movie into a whole event! I had a much needed "me" day to save me from the holidays. I went shopping, sampled an alarming amount of froyo, and even bought myself a Christmas present (which I'm pretty sure I'm going to return).

My whole motivation for seeing this movie was my same motivation for seeing the movie "Bad Teacher": I'm 99.9% sure this movie was based on me. Now, to be honest, after seeing "Bad Teacher" I'm still positive Cameron Diaz's character was based on yours truly. However, after watching "Young Adult" I think that I have the possibility of turning into the main character Mavis Gary (played by Charlize Theron) which is really frightening.

I think this movie really says a lot in it's short 94 minutes. It's one part dark comedy, one part cautionary tale and one part true story. Categorizing this film as a "dark comedy" is quite possibly the understatement of the year! There are parts of this film that were quite depressing. Or, maybe it's only depressing to me because I feel like I'm headed in Mavis's direction. Even though she plays a 47 year old woman who has one marriage and divorce under her belt, I have gone through some of the things she struggles with. Her life is extremely monotonous and unfulfilling, she's not living and barely existing. The way she lives her day-to-day life is extremely close to mine.This film also shows what happens to a lot of people post-high school, they're constantly reliving their "glory days" of yore and never quite move on from their home town. Another similarity we share is that we both grew up in very small towns but moved to much larger cities, while the majority of everyone we knew stayed behind.

Without giving too much of the movie away, I would definitely recommend seeing this movie! It made me think about a lot of things going on in my life. And if you're a "Young Adult" yourself it's a must see.

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