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Contender: ‘Young Adult’

The Contenders 2011

The “Juno” tag team of Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman reunite for “Young Adult,” and the duo’s reteaming automatically demands attention.

It would be difficult for the pic, which stars Charlize Theron as a Minneapolis fiction writer who yearns to reunite with her high school boyfriend, to equal the huzzahs generated for “Juno” — the film that elevated both Cody and Reitman’s careers — put the pair’s pedigree can’t be ignored.

Cody won an Oscar for her “Juno” screenplay and Reitman was nominated for direction, as well as for producing the best pic nom. Reitman, in fact, has directed four thesps to Oscar-nommed performances: Ellen Page, George Clooney, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick.

Theron is another Oscar vet, having been nominated for “North Country” and winning for “Monster.” Like in 2004’s “Monster,” Theron is often far from glamorous in “Young Adult,” at times cast in a physically unflattering light in order to give her character a sense of both desperation and exhaustion.

Likely to earn strong word of mouth is the supporting performance of Patton Oswalt, whose character has been disabled following a harrowing incident when he was a teen. Actor was overlooked in his well-reviewed 2009 indie “Big Fan” and may get more serious attention here.

Release date: Dec. 9
Paramount

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