Diablo Cody knows where she fits in best: Profiling the familiar faces from every high school. You had the self-possessed outcast in Juno, the killer prom queen in Jennifer’s Body, and now the woman who’s stuck in high school. Paramount just released the first poster for Diablo’s latest project Young Adult, where Charlize Theron plays a failed teen lit writer who returns to her hometown to stalk her ex-boyfriend (Patrick Wilson)… who happens to be married and have a baby.
We’re kind of loving the ’90s-YA-novel look of the poster, with Charlize’s character Mavis Gary slumped over in bed after an all-night sugar bender involving a liter of Coca Cola. What would be hilarious would be if Paramount released a series of posters like this, including Mavis’s ex Buddy doing yardwork while she peers through the fence with binoculars, or Mavis’ sidekick Matt Freehauf, who was crippled by jocks in high school.
We know that this quirky poster has some of you worried that this movie is going to be another smug, self-satisfied, reference-heavy film. And while it’s definitely self-aware, movies site The Playlist reports that the movie is actually Diablo’s most mature script to date. Assuming that what will come out over the holidays is the same as the screenplay they read in April 2010, Charlize’s character won’t be painfully hip and isn’t even portrayed as uber-crazy despite her intense desire to reconnect with her ex.
It sounds like this could be all the best of Diablo’s work without delving into the more annoying elements — plus, Jason Reitman is directing! (We’d put him on the “best” side, since he also directed Juno.)