Opening in limited release this weekend is director Jason Reitman’s (Up in the Air) great new movie, Young Adult. Written by Diablo Cody (Juno), the film centers on an alcoholic young adult novelist (Charlize Theron) who ventures back to her hometown in order to pursue her now-married high school boyfriend (Patrick Wilson). Patton Oswalt co-stars as Theron’s former classmate. While Young Adult could have easily taken the familiar steps of “bad person goes home and turns everything around”, I’m happy to report Reitman and Cody have crafted a unique movie that should not be missed. It’s definitely one of my favorites of the year and I’m pretty sure Theron is going to get a nomination for her portrayal of Mavis Gary. Watch the trailer here and some clips here.
Anyway, I recently got to speak with Reitman in New York City. During the interview he talked about why he wanted to make Young Adult, how tough it was to get financing, the ’90s music, the way he directs, and deleted scenes. In addition, with Reitman currently doing a very cool “Live Reading” series at LACMA (the Los Angeles County Museum of Art), he talked about how he got started with the series and what’s coming up. Hit the jump for the interview.