Releasing two trailers for particularly R-rated films has become de rigeur since Judd Apatow became a household name, such that the practice of making red band trailers to denote one’s NSFW-ness indicates whether a certain kind of comedy is worth seeing. But the two trailers released for Young Adult about a moderately successful author of “young adult” fiction who returns to her hometown to win back her high school boyfriend in the worst way possible; hijinks starring Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, and Patton Oswalt ensue. Between them, the two trailers have only a minor difference, though the second version is definitely “racier” than the first, even if it’s not as funny. For that one scene, anyway. Otherwise they’re exactly the same…
Honestly, there’s a lot to like in both (if you don’t mind watching mostly same thing twice in a row), and most of that probably has to do with the director, Jason Reitman. In only three movies (Thank You For Smoking, Juno, and Up in the Air) he’s proven a gifted talent with a unique and engaging point of view. The fact that screenwriter Diablo Cody seems to have graduated from ultra clever dialogue is also a definite plus, though, in spite of the Oscar, I do think she’s underrated. But the reasoning for these two, ahem, vastly not different trailers boggles the mind.
At least the movie’s poster is pretty much perfect:
Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force, tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar, and studied RTVF (radio, television, and film) in college. He likes to think of himself as the male Charlize Theron — not necessarily from this movie, but generally speaking.