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Charlize Theron’s Top 10 Performances

on July 25, 2017, 2:00pm
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03. Mavis Gary

Young Adult (2011)

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We’ll make a serious case for Young Adult as one of the great, unheralded films of this current decade, and it’s entirely a showcase for the actress, who’s in almost every frame of Jason Reitman’s savage character study about a callous YA writer who returns to her suburban Minnesota hometown to reclaim her high school sweetheart and some of her lost former glory. But it’s true that you can never go home again, which Mavis learns the hard way as she realizes that all those dweebs she used to bully have their own fulfilling lives, while she remains suspended in the state of “mean girl.” Yet there’s more to Mavis than her cruelty, though it’s an intrinsic part of her being; in Theron’s hands, she becomes as much a figure of empathy as scorn. It’s a brutal dissection of the kind of person who peaked in high school, but Theron finds notes of rage and heartache and longing in that type, even as the film and actress alike posit that there’s likely a ceiling for how much such a person can ever truly change. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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