Starring Charlie Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson & Elizabeth Reaser
Written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman
I went into a screening of “Young Adult” already anticipating that I would love it. After all, the premise centered around that of a young adult novelist, and as a total YA nerd, I was sure I would relate in some way to Mavis Gary. My vague understanding of the plot reinforced my enthusiasm; a single and successful thirtysomething woman, still trying to find what truly makes her happy — that sounds kind of like me! And written by Diablo Cody? Count me in!
Well, my expectations for “Young Adult” were met, not met, and exceeded, all at once. See, I thought the film was fantastic — but it was not at all what I thought it would be. But it was better for it. Keep reading »
“I think women in particular — and, in fact, I’m acting as if this is my original thought, it’s on the Internet that women in particular are more susceptible to imposter syndrome, and for some reason, it’s very rare in men. Women who experience any degree of success tend to often believe deep down inside that they’ve fooled everyone and that they don’t actually have any talent or skill. And I feel like that every day of my life, but like I said, obsess or keep working.”
– Diablo Cody, the writer behind “Juno,” “Jennifer’s Body,” and the new film, “Young Adult” (out this Friday), talks to Movies.com about “imposter syndrome,” which she says she has. I haven’t been diagnosed with imposter syndrome — yet! — but I am planning on discussing it with my therapist during next week’s session, because I totally relate. Keep reading »
When I heard that Diablo Cody had signed on to write the big-screen version of my beloved Sweet Valley High series, I died a little inside. In a good way. You see, I’m such a hardcore SVH fan that I collect the series and read them on the regular. I am still not over the butchering that occurred when SVH became a TV show, starring a bunch of losers who had no business tainting Francine Pascal’s vision. However, Diablo Cody I trust. Mostly. I’m thrilled to learn that the film will be taking place in the ’80s, which means it will, hopefully, be inspired aesthetically by the original book covers, recognizable by their soft-focus-colored pencil drawings. However, I’m concerned that Diablo might need help casting the film. I’ll never forgive her if Lila Fowler is played by, shudder, Megan Fox, or Bruce Patman’s brawny bad boy is ruined by faux badass Shia LeBeouf. Diablo, I hope you are reading.
“I want it to be wonderfully nostalgic. I want it to be to the ’80s what ‘American Graffiti’ was to the [early] ’60s. I want it to be looking back on a really cool time and enjoying yourself and I want it to be glamorous and colorful and bubblegum and a feast for the senses. That’s my plan.”
– Diablo Cody talks about her upcoming film adaptation of the Sweet Valley High teen book series. I am basically losing my mind over this. I still read SVH on the beach during the summer and am still pissed about that ’90s TV series hack job. Bring on the lariat necklaces! The blue-green eyes the color of the Pacific! The perfect size 6 figures! Bring me the Wakefield twins as they were meant to be! [Indiewire]
Say what you will about the choices Diablo Cody has made as a result of her fame from “Juno,” but the woman takes risks — huge risks — with what she puts out there. (That campy Megan Fox/Amanda Seyfried horror movie that flopped? Exactly.) Her newest movie coming out this holiday season is called “Young Adult” and stars Charlize Theron as a 30-something woman who heads back to her hometown looking for her ex, who is married with a new baby. I think you’ll agree with me after watching this trailer that this film is going to be risky. Keep reading »
As a devout fan of Judy Blume, The Babysitter’s Club, and Sweet Valley High books, the entire Frisky staff’s interest has been piqued by this just-released poster for “Young Adult,” screenwriter Diablo Cody‘s third flick. It’s an awesome send-up of the traditional young adult book cover and, all of a sudden, we can’t wait for this movie which sadly doesn’t come out until early December. The flick tells the tale of a 30-something young adult fiction writer, played by Charlize Theron. She’s an alcoholic divorcee who is not in a great place when she gets a birth announcement from an ex-boyfriend. She decides to go back to her hometown and see how he’s doing. Which leads down a slippery slope toward stalking. Keep reading »