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April 28, 2014

16th Annual Ebertfest: Actor Patton Oswalt Presents 2011 Movie Young Adult

by Mariah Schaefer

The 16th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival (also known as Ebertfest) took place at the historic Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign from April 23 to April 27, 2014. On Thursday, April 24, Young Adult was shown at 9 pm, and actor Patton Oswalt was there to introduce the movie and answer questions after the showing. 

Young Adult is a 2011 dramedy written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman. The movie stars Charlize Theron as the main character Mavis Gary, Patrick Wilson as Buddy Slade, and Patton Oswalt as Matt Freehauf. It is about a writer of a failed young adult book series who lives in Minneapolis. She used to be a popular girl in high school in the town of Mercury, Minnesota and believes she is a lot better than her former classmates because she left the small town.

All Mavis does is watch trashy reality television shows and go out, until she receives a mass email from her ex-boyfriend Buddy announcing the arrival of his and his wife’s first baby. Mavis decides to pack up her dog and some clothes and drive to Mercury to win Buddy back. Once in town, she meets her former classmate Matt who tries to convince Mavis that going after Buddy is a bad idea because he is happily married and just had a baby.

Mavis’s actions make the viewer cringe, but the movie is entertaining despite and because of her bad decisions. Funny and awkward, the rated R film is definitely not a waste of 94 minutes. It was a great choice of movie to be shown at Ebertfest, especially because Patton Oswalt was there to discuss it with the audience.

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