Sometimes in order to heal, a few people have to get hurt.
Due to the high level of toxicity present in its trailer, I never saw Juno back in 2007, and it's highly unlikely that I ever will. Not that I have anything against director Jason Reitman (after all, I saw both Thank You for Smoking and Up in the Air and liked them very much), but there's something about writer Diablo Cody's too-clever dialogue that just sets my teeth on edge. So when the two of them rejoined forces to make Young Adult last year, I figured that was another Reitman film that I could safely pass on -- that is, until word reached me that Diablo had toned down the Codyisms. That actually made it seem promising.
The other thing I heard a lot about was Charlize Theron's fearless performance as a recently divorced young adult novelist (hard at work on the 178th and final entry in the "Waverly Prep" series, which is way past its prime) who spontaneously heads home after a one-night stand with the intention of liberating her high school boyfriend (Patrick Wilson) from his responsibilities as a husband and brand-new father. The real revelation for me, though, was Patton Oswalt's turn as a former classmate and unlikely confidante whose well-intentioned attempts to talk her out of her plan fall on deaf ears. (Between this film and Big Fan, he has definitely shored up his credentials as a dramatic actor). In the end, though, the whole thing seemed a bit too slight and Cody was way too eager to let her damaged protagonist off the hook. Not that Theron gets off scot-free, but after a brush with humility she looks primed to slide right back into her old, bad habits.