First Official Poster for Jason Reitman's 'Young Adult' is Way Too Pink

September 6, 2011
Source: THR

Young Adult Poster

Meet Mavis Gary. Well, you can't really meet her as she's passed out cold on this "book cover" poster, but that's her. THR has debuted a teaser poster for Jason Reitman's Young Adult, a Diablo Cody-written film starring Charlize Theron. To be blunt, I think this looks just plain awful. I get what they're going for, but you can't even see Theron at all, and she's straight up passed out, too. Not appealing. Plus, a bright pink and green "young adult novel" book cover? I would get as far away from this as I could if I saw it up on a wall anywhere near me. I'm excited for this because it's Jason Reitman, but what a terrible poster to start with.

Jason Reitman's Young Adult

Academy Award winner Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary, a writer of YA teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). When returning home proves more difficult than she thought, Mavis forms a bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt) who hasn't quite gotten over high school, either. Written by Oscar winner Diablo Cody, directed by Oscar nominee Jason Reitman. See the first look photo right here. Paramount is bringing Young Adult to theaters starting December 9th limited, wide the 16th, this winter. Thoughts?

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I seriously think this poster is wonderful, gives me Thank You For Smoking opening credits-vibes. Great poster!

Viktor Jerner on Sep 6, 2011


Awful? I think it's brilliant and one of the best posters of the year so far.

Tinkerbell on Sep 6, 2011


Too much pink ? Not really, poster is great.

Kunter on Sep 6, 2011


Sorry this isnt Mondo or crappy fan-art, Alex, but this is a great. It isnt dramatic or powerful or something a dude would want up in his hallways while chatting about sci-fi or art house, but its a solid concept down to the gold foil peabody-award-stlye emboss and sale sticker. It's something new and I like it.

Voice of Reason on Sep 6, 2011


I dunno...seems to convey the message pretty well imo.

Daren on Sep 6, 2011


I dig the idea they're going for here. I just don't think the design looks good.

Pat Reynolds on Sep 6, 2011


I don't even care about the poster.  Diablo Cody sucks.  Always.

Brian Ricci Movie Review on Sep 6, 2011


Such a blunt comment. But every word is true. 

Cracky on Sep 6, 2011


I like it,something new,kind of makes me think of those Doris day movies from the sixties,if she was an alcoholic.

tir na nog on Sep 6, 2011


I think this is fresh.  I'll even go so far as to say I think it's one of the best posters of 2011 so far. Thank God there's no floating heads and generic poster treatment.  It's not supposed to be prim and proper and look like it's out of a fashion magazine.  This captures the character perfectly (having read the script).

Devon on Sep 6, 2011


Love it. It sets the mood and really captures the viewer's attention. For better or for worse, I'll bet people who see this poster won't easily forget it as it stays away from the generic movie poster.

miss on Sep 6, 2011


Compared to 'Bad Teacher' this poster is genius.  It could have easily taken a Legally Blonde approach but did something pretty original instead.  Like someone said before, I'm glad it's not some Mondo or minimalist bullshit poster.  The design has a few flaws that I would have changed (I design for a living) but overall pretty aces.  I suggest you retract the negative statements and claim "temporary insanity"

Daneforst on Sep 6, 2011


Very nice! I'm lovin' it already 🙂

Davide Coppola on Sep 6, 2011


Not sure what colours you would think more fitting Alex. Pink and green with that picture in the middle seems to be pretty on spot to me.

Shige on Sep 7, 2011


Too much judgement for one poster Alex. Waaaaaaait for it!

Quanah on Sep 7, 2011


my favorite non fan art poster of 2011 so far. and im not just trying to be a disagreeing turd, its my true feelings

Brian on Sep 7, 2011


I wonder if this is a generational thing? That design immediately struck a chord with me because it's such a good representation of the YA covers that were around when I was young (I'm 32 now). I don't know if YA covers were done this way past when I was part of the target age group. Would I want it on my wall? No. But it's a great OOH ad.

chris r on Sep 7, 2011


couldn't possibly disagree more.  This poster is fantastic - harkens back to good old days of poster art, we've lost that and this rekindles it nicely, I love this poster.

Jet_packz on Sep 19, 2011


Looks like she got knocked out by a veiny cock! 9511

Fan on Oct 23, 2011


It's a shame that the image is a blatant rip-off of a photograph by Austin-based photographer Matt Genitempo:

Christian Anderson on Nov 30, 2011

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