In Young Adult, Jason Reitman’s unsentimental portrait of a mean girl who clings to the memory of her high-school glory days – even in her late 30s – Patton Oswalt plays Matt, a misfit permanently scarred (literally and physically) by a run-in with homophobic bullies.
He’s just the sort that Mavis, Charize Theron’s aging beauty, would have ignored back in school, and she’d probably keep ignoring him, if not for her own desperate neediness. Returning to her small-town Minnesota home after a modestly successful stint as a ghost writer in the “Mini Apple,” Mavis finds companionship where she can, leading her time and again back to Matt’s nerdy man-cave.
The fourth annual Artists' Television Access Film & Video Festival, a celebration of underground film dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging and established artists from around the world, winds to a close tonight with "Stories We Tell Ourselves," a program featuring Myth Labs, Martha Colburn's fascinating contemplation of Puritanism and the current Methamphetamine epidemic, and Chorus, San Francisco artist Paul Clipson's brilliant collage of lights and sound. The films will be followed by a musical performance by the Los Angeles band Karma McCartney, as well as the announcement of the festival's audience award winner.