Theatrical Release: 12/16/2011
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Writer: Diablo Cody
Producer: Diablo Cody
Director: Jason Reitman
Runtime: 94 min.
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Charlize Theron,
Academy Award(R) winner Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary, a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). When returning home proves more difficult than she thought, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt) who hasn't quite gotten over high school, either.
Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) is a writer who writes teen fiction and the premise of this film is that she returns to her tiny hometown to reclaim her high school sweetheart Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson), who just happens to be married. Mavis knows this but ignores it and selfishly moves ahead with her plans, even though on top of being married Buddy just became the proud father of a daughter.
This plot immediately presents us with problems in awarding our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal to the movie but in addition to this there is the use of very strong language. A former classmate (Patton Oswalt) proves to be the voice of truth, urging Mavis to leave Buddy alone, but Mavis refuses to listen to any voice other than her own.
It is obvious that we can't award our Dove Seal to this one so we recommend you try to locate a family-friendly movie instead.
Sex: A woman pursues a married man throughout the film; a woman kisses a married man; an unmarried couple has sex; sexual innuendos and comments; woman tells man's wife she used to sleep in his boxers and T-shirts; a woman says she had a miscarriage while carrying her boyfriend's baby.
Language: J-1; G/OMG-13; F-10; "F you"-2; Crappy-1; Slang for penis-1; A-2; Butt-1; "Sucks"-1; S-8; Bi*ch-2; H-1; "Blows"-1
Violence: A man says he was beaten up in high school and left with serious injuries because classmates thought he was gay; a drunken woman runs into concrete bump with the front of her car; arguments and tension between a few characters.
Drugs: Several drinking scenes; several characters get drunk; talk of drinking; bar scenes; a woman drives drunk; a drunken woman at a party tells everyone off.
Nudity: A woman is seen wearing breast pads; cleavage; shirtless man; woman seen in panties.
Other: A few characters have tattoos; tense moments between characters; a character lies.