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Rated R · 94 minutes · 2011

Comedy, Comedy drama, Drama
Director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody, who scored together with Juno (2007), reunite for this unfocused comedy about a dissolute writer in her late 30s (Charlize Theron) returning to her Minnesota hometown in hope of winning back her former high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson), now a happy husband and father. The hard-drinking heroine has established herself in Minneapolis as a ghost writer of young-adult novels, and for some reason the podunk townspeople, rendered with a fair amount of contempt, are mightily impressed by this. Whether the character is supposed to be a stand-in for Cody, who grew up in the western 'burbs of Chicago and has since won an Oscar, is more than I can say, but the movie suffers from the sort of self-pitying fog that can envelop a writer when he dives into his own malaise. With Patton Oswalt.
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Director: Jason Reitman
Producer: Lianne Halfon, Russell Smith, Diablo Cody, Mason Novick, Jason Reitman, Nathan Kahane, John Malkovich and Steven Rales
Cast: Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson, Elizabeth Reaser, Jill Eikenberry, Mary Hurt, Collette Wolfe, Richard Bekins and Kate Nowlin

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