First Trailer for Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody's 'Young Adult'

Thursday, 06 October 2011 10:49 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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First Trailer for Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody's 'Young Adult'

While their first collaboration, Juno, was pretty damn cuddly, both director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody have emphatically made it clear that their new film, Young Adult, will indeed by comedic, but in the very darkest of ways.  The first trailer for Young Adult has debuted online, and it supports the claim of dark comedy consistently throughout, with a deadpan tone that makes one person's horrific callousness and consumptive self-interest pretty funny.

By the time the trailer declares of Charlize Theron's character, "The Girl You Hated In High School...Is Back," her general awfulness has already been communicated quite well, and not just because David Bowie's "Queen Bitch" plays throughout.  Theron plays an alcoholic author of Sweet Valley High-style young adult novels who spontaneously travels back to her Midwestern home town in order to win the heart of a high school boyfriend who is now married with an adorable baby.

The trailer is available in high definition at Apple, but our embed was provided by ComingSoon.

There's a lot of attention on the creative side, since Jason Reitman has yet to direct a disappointment after Thank You For Smoking, Juno, and Up in the Air, and Diablo Cody's a rare screenwriter to achieve a level of popular recognition (which arguably has worked against her, inspiring an unbelievably venomous backlash).  It looks like her signature dialogue style has been clipped for Young Adult, replaced with a merciless deadpan.

This is undoubtedly Charlize Theron's show, and it looks like the sort of character study where, mercifully, the awful protagonist will not experience a transformative epiphany.  The supporting cast looks to be doing terrific work, too, with Patrick Wilson as the object of Theron's affections and Patton Oswalt (hooray!) as a fellow high school classmate.  J.K. Simmons, who has appeared in all of Reitman's films so far, also plays a part in the film.

Young Adult debuts in limited release on December 9th before hitting theaters nationwide a week later on December 16th.

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