Jason Reitman – “I’m trying to figure myself out through my movies”

Accomplished writer/director/producer JASON REITMAN is establishing quite a career for himself and his latest film Young Adult sees him heading into darker territory.

Charlize Theron in Young Adult

Charlize Theron in the upcoming Young Adult

JASON REITMAN is the accomplished writer/director/producer of comedy/dramas including Thank You for Smoking, the hugely successful Juno and my personal favourite Up in the Air.

The son of writer/producer/director Ivan Reitman has avoided the trap of following unsuccessfully in the footsteps of a famous parent and made a name for himself on his own terms. His scripts are sharp and show a need to understand the world we live in.

His latest film Young Adult sees Charlize Theron on splendidly acerbic form as its heroine (kind of) Mavis Gary. A writer in the midst of a personal crisis, she says lines like:

“Sometimes in order to heal… a few people have to get hurt.”

Ouch. Mavis soon finds that the journey back to her hometown after her recent divorce may require a slightly different strategy than she first imagined. And considering she’s looking to rekindle her romance with her high school sweetheart Buddy (the ever-winning Patrick Wilson) who’s now happily married to Elizabeth Reaser’s Beth and has a new baby daughter, things could get very messy indeed. But the curveball to her trip is the relationship she strikes up with Patton Oswalt‘s Matt Freehaff, the person from high school she barely remembers but who now becomes her confidante and conscience.

Here REITMAN talks about how his new film which sees him collaborate again with his Juno writer Diablo Cody and how he’s heading somewhere darker than he’s gone before.

a chat with JASON REITMAN