2011 November 21

Modicum of Maturity

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Charlize Theron, Elizabeth Reaser, Patton Oswalt, Diablo Cody Charlize Theron, Elizabeth Reaser, Patton Oswalt, Diablo Cody
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(NEW YORK) Kicking off the weekend with an immensely unlikeable protagonist, intensely talented roster of names both on screen and behind the scenes, and a starry coterie of guests snacking on popcorn and sipping wine, the Cinema Society and Dior Beauty hosted a screening of Young Adult at the Tribeca Grand on Friday evening. An elegantly Dior-clad Charlize Theron played far nicer on the carpet than her difficult, perma-teen ghost writer penning Gossip Girl-lite lit and pushing 40 but often acting 14. “Playing drunk is actually really hard—watching a drunk character is hard, too, because I can usually see right through it,” reflected Theron on playing an attempted home wrecker hitting the bottle (of whiskey in the evening hours; Diet Coke in the bleary-eyed mornings).  

After the cast made their intros and as the cozy screening room’s lights dimmed, Theron dashed out, exclaiming “I’m working, baby! Mama’s gotta work!” Luckily, whatever Friday night biz was on the docket for "mama Charlize," there was still time to stop in to the after party, set in the Double Seven’s boîte on Gansevoort Street. The film and after party drew out the likes of Hilary Rhoda, Carolyn Murphy, Anja Rubik, Allure’s Linda Wells, Tyson Ballou, Tony Danza, Dan Abrams, David Zinczenko, Elettra Wiedemann, and LVMH president Pamela Baxter. 

Turns out Theron’s co-star, Patton Oswalt, may have culled a bit of inspiration for his character's ongoing grapples for normalcy and female attention from his own—comparatively minor—adolescent rough patches. “When I was in the ninth grade, I broke my neck and had to wear one of those braces for six weeks, so I looked like my head was stuck in a toilet bowl,” shared Oswalt. “I had orthodontic headgear, acne, and a neck brace all at one time; I may as well have had a hunchback and a third eye.” 

On the set, laughs were plentiful, thanks to youthful (and uber talented) director Jason Reitman running the show. “Jason is a young adult himself, and he has a great energy; he constantly asked us if we were having fun,” recalled Elizabeth Reaser. “The most silliness came about because when the band rehearsed—that’s when the band really became a band,” said Reaser of practicing with Nipple Confusion, the film’s fictitious rock band comprised of suburban Minnesota moms. “We’d rent studio space and just go jam!” As for Reaser’s sleek black leather Ferragamo getup? “It’s surprisingly comfortable, and it’s not killing me anywhere, which is a real treat,” said Reaser of her forays into leather frockery. “I have another leather dress, too, but I’m trying to pace myself right now.” 

At the after party, tastily crafted Grey Goose libations abounded, as did some fancy iterations of snacks befitting of young adults, like pigs-in-a-blanket (avec the requisite dips of mustard and ketchup) and sugar-dusted doughnut holes. By the time the latter were being proffered, the crowd had thinned out, dispersing to the next stops on their Friday night itineraries. Meanwhile, Cody and a recently-arrived Courtney Love tucked themselves away in deep conversation, likely until the last doughnut had been devoured. Don’t look to Cody, who’s been “writing about teenagers for the past few years of my life” (see: Juno) to offer any sage words on successfully dropping the “young” from young adulthood and becoming a bona fide adult. “I haven’t yet. I’m still trying to, for the sake of my son, because I gave birth last year,” Cody said. “But in a lot of ways, I am definitely not a mature citizen of the world!”

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