Humiliated, Mavis leaves the party and visits Matt, where she breaks down in tears and, later, initiates sex.
The following morning, while Matt sleeps, Mavis has coffee in the kitchen with Sandra, who still idolizes her.
She's a really instinctual actor and I really didn't want to be sitting there with eight other thoughts on my head while she's just rolling with it." On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 81% based on 191 reviews, with an average rating of 7/10.
The website's critical consensus reads, "Despite its somewhat dour approach, Young Adult is a funny and ultimately radical no-holds-barred examination of prolonged adolescence, thanks largely to a convincing performance by Charlize Theron." Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three-and-a-half stars out of four, writing, "After I left the screening of Young Adult, my thoughts were mixed.
Upon arriving after listening to "The Concept" by Teenage Fanclub on repeat from an old mixtape Buddy gave her in high school, Mavis arranges to meet him the next day at a local sports bar, for old times' sake.
In the interim, she goes alone to a different bar, Woody's.
In a diner on her way home, Mavis writes the last chapter of the book, in which the main character graduates high school, quickly leaves her past behind and looks forward to the future.She later goes out drinking with Matt again, during which Matt tells Mavis to grow up.The following day, Mavis attends the party, where she declares her love for Buddy, but he rebuffs her.There she reconnects with a former classmate she barely remembers, Matt Freehauf, who became disabled after being beaten by jocks who erroneously assumed he was gay.Matt tells Mavis that her plan to destroy Buddy's marriage is irrational and selfish, but she ignores him.
When the production of Labor Day, a film Reitman had been preparing, was pushed to 2012, a window developed during which he could direct Cody's script, which was shot on a $12 million budget in 30 days.