After taking a sabbatical for three years ("I was happily busy doing other creative things"), Charlize Theron is back in a stunning new movie, Young Adult, and I am delighted to report that it is a real winner in every respect.
Bless screenwriter Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman their twisted, little hearts. Young Adult isn't season-specific, but it does serve as a healthy counterbalance to all that holiday growth and belonging.
It is hard to feel sorry for Charlize Theron. The Academy Award-winning actress, for the role of Aileen Wuomos in Monster when she was famously puffed up and made up to emphasize the serial killer's tough look, is in fact very pretty, like the most popular girl in your high school.
Theron's Mavis is the classic narcissist: cut off from objective reality, lacking any concern for other people, insecure in private but willing in public to ride roughshod over anyone and everything in order to gratify her whims.