Director: Jason Reitman
Stars: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt, J.K. Simmons, Collette Wolfe
Release Date: December 16
Why we’re excited: The last time director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody teamed up, the result was 2007’s Juno, an unexpected box office heavyweight that brought Cody an Oscar statue and turned Reitman into one of Hollywood’s hottest young filmmakers. Their first collaboration also pissed tons of pseudo-intellectuals off with its rather forced “hip” dialogue (“Honest to blog!”), not to mention that damn cheeseburger phone (OK, so maybe that detail only irks us).

If the early buzz surrounding Young Adult is to be trusted, Reitman’s second duet with Cody won’t inspire any such ire. Whereas Juno was teenybopper by way of hipster, Young Adult is said to be the blackest of comedies, centering on a teen-catering novelist (Charlize Theron) who vows to steal her high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson) away from his wife after she hears of dude’s spouse’s pregnancy.

All we have to work with thus far is the above still, which, admittedly, makes Theron look like a bummy Paris Hilton. But Theron is one of Hollywood’s most underused, and undeniably sexiest, talents, so the proposition of seeing her tear through Cody’s snappy writing under Reitman’s fine directorial hand is one we can’t ignore.