Young Adult, directed by Ivan Reitman and written by Diablo Cody, the same collaborators behind Juno, has been publicized like it’s a quirky, deadpan comedy. Actually, it’s deeper than that. It’s really a kitchen sink drama with a sly sense of humor and an almost cruel view of Generation X. As with Cody’s other work (Juno and the TV series The United States of Tara), it’s all about a simple – almost high-concept – premise, a middle-class milieu, and a mordant tone.
I wasn’t a huge fan of Juno, though I’m about the only person I know who wasn’t. The adult actors (J.K. Simmons, Allison Janney, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner) were spot on, especially in delineating the difference between