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Mighty Movie Podcast: Jason Reitman on Young Adult

Posted: 12/16/11 03:31 PM ET

2011-12-16-4907132261650832_ya_pvc_04766_410.jpgBless screenwriter Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman their twisted, little hearts. In a season rife with people bettering themselves through moody introspection, they introduce us to Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron), author of young adult novels and a woman who looks within and comes away with all the wrong lessons.

Young Adult isn't season-specific, but it does serve as a healthy counterbalance to all that holiday growth and belonging. In it, Mavis -- who generally lives on a diet of Diet Coke breakfasts and hard-liquor suppers -- decides on a whim to go back to her hometown, to the bemusement of former high school nerd Matt (Patton Oswalt) and the befuddlement of her one-time sweetheart (Patrick Wilson), for whom she has returned to rekindle their romance, despite the fact that he's now happily married and recently become a father. It's going to take more than an Andy Williams holiday marathon to smooth out this homecoming.

Click on the player to hear the Jason Reitman press conference.

SEE THE TRAILER FOR YOUNG ADULT AT mightymoviepodcast.com