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Charlize Theron spotted in Jason Reitman’s “Young Adult” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: From an awards perspective, I’m still trying to figure “Young Adult” out.

A collaboration between “Juno” teammates Jason Reitman (director) and Diablo Cody (writer) should be enough to get the Awards Alley’s juices flowing. Then you factor in the success Reitman had with his “Juno” follow up, “Up In the Air,” and “Young Adult” sounds like a slam dunk.

Then, the warning signs started lighting up. At the moment, “Young Adult” isn’t on the Venice or Toronto schedules. The latter is a true headscratcher as Reitman, a Canadian, is a favorite son at TIFF, and he rode the fall festival circuit (Telluride, included) with great success for both “Juno” and “Air.”

But “Adult,” from what we’re hearing, isn’t as much of an awards slam dunk as Reitman’s other two. It’s reportedly darker, as scripter Cody pens an original story about a 30-something slacker (Charlize Theron) who travels back to her hometown after she learns her childhood boyfriend (Patrick Wilson) is about to have a baby. Reitman and Cody have done a few early interviews, and both make it known this material is not the feel-good stuff of their previous work.

That doesn’t mean the film won’t work. “Air” had it’s own dark side, as did “Juno” (buried beneath a layer of forced pop culture references). I wouldn’t mind seeing Reitman trying darker material … but it still feels like Paramount is hiding the film a little ahead of its Dec. 16 release.

The studio isn’t hiding this first look at Theron in character. They released this a few hours ago. It’s all we’ve got on “Young Adult” for the time being. I’m still holding out hope that the title is on the next wave of TIFF announcements. We shall see.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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