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A 2011 film written by Creator/DiabloCody, directed by Jason Reitman, and starring Creator/CharlizeTheron and Creator/PattonOswalt.

Mavis Gary (Theron) is a young adult fiction writer who, pining for her glory days in high school, returns to her small town in an effort to win back her high school boyfriend Buddy (Patrick Wilson). Considering that he's happily married with a newborn baby, this proves to be a somewhat more difficult task than Mavis had thought it would be. She also bonds unexpectedly with former classmate Matt (Oswalt) who is also having trouble letting go of the past.

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* AgeInappropriateDress: In a subtle example, Mavis. Occasionally she is seen wearing things a High Schooler might wear (like a Hello Kitty T-shirt and a hoodie with the school's football team's logo on it) but what an adult woman would not wear. Matt calls her out on the hoodie.
* TheAlcoholic: Mavis. She knocks back a serious amount of hard liquor in many scenes and is shown passed out on her bed [[RunningGag every single morning]]. [[spoiler:She ultimately realizes this and confesses to her parents, but they laugh it off as a joke]].
* AlphaBitch: Apparently, Mavis in her high school days. She still acts like she is, but it doesn't fool anyone. [[spoiler:Buddy's wife reveals that she along with many other people feel sorry for her, and that's why she had made Buddy be nice to her when he didn't really want anything to do with her.]]
* AmbiguouslyGay: May cross over into LesYay, but there are odd hints that Sandra (Matt's sister) may have or have had a crush on Mavis. Leaving Rice Crispie Treats in her locker, when they weren't even friends, for example. The end where she [[spoiler:begs to let her come back to Minneapolis with her]] also hints at it.
* AuthorAvatar: The character of Kendall in Mavis' ''Waverly Prep'' books. WordOfGod says that Mavis herself is also this to Diablo Cody.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Mavis's relationship with Buddy, and probably everybody else in Mercury, ends on a sour note, but it appears that after she lets go of him, she is preparing to get her life on track.]]
* BookEnds: The movie begins and ends with Mavis [[spoiler:getting out of bed with someone, realizing that this isn't what she wants, and and leaving the town she's in.]]
* BullyBrutality: Matt was so severely bullied in high school that he's now permanently disabled.
* ChildHater: Seemingly Mavis, given her reaction to Buddy's newborn daughter. However, [[spoiler:this is thrown into [[UnbalancedByRivalsKid a new (possibly sympathetic) light]] when she reveals that Buddy had gotten her pregnant at age 20 and she suffered a miscarriage at 12 weeks, which presumably led to their break-up. They had been planning to keep the baby.]]
* ClusterFBomb: Mavis during her VillainousBreakdown.
* DeadpanSnarker: Mavis is this pretty much always, except when she's around Buddy.
* [[DisposableFiance Disposable Wife]]: Averted. Mavis desperately wants Buddy's wife to be this; however, she's a perfectly nice woman and he has no intention of leaving her.
* ExtrudedBookProduct: ''Waverly Prep'', which Mavis is a ghostwriter for.
* {{Expy}}: ''Waverly Prep'' bears more than a few resemblances to ''Literature/TheClique'' (down to its very shallow popularity-obsessed characters [[WereStillRelevantDammit based off of what's trending at the time of writing]], being set in a very rich New York locale, the seeming churning out of titles and quick publishing demand and [[DeaderThanDisco sudden bottoming-out of popularity]]/relegation to clearance sale shelves).
* FanDisservice: When Matt takes his shirt off. What makes it all the more awkward is that he's clearly aware of it. Also Mavis in a very unflattering forward posture wearing tummy-support pantyhose and invisible-bra stickers, with her makeup running.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Not in the movie itself (its R rating makes that unnecessary) but the trailer plays the DavidBowie song Queen Bitch. It never says the offending words, but any Bowie fan will know the song and will know what it's saying about Mavis.
* GroinAttack: Part of Matt's disability is that due to being hit in that area, everything's not that great downstairs.
* HatedHometown: When asked by Matt if she's moving back to Mercury, Mavis' response is "Ew, gross. No."
* HerCodeNameWasMarySue: Mavis's book is a rare professional example, [[spoiler:showcasing her IgnoredEpiphany and lack of CharacterDevelopment.]]
* InsistentTerminology: That's not moonshine in Matt's garage still, it's aged bourbon.
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Subverted. Matt walks with a crutch, but it's only one of a laundry list of problems he pities himself for. "Wheelcair" Mike Moran, who is handsome, popular, perky, athletic, and more disabled than Matt, tries to be type B, but just manages to piss off Matt and Mavis by stealing everyone's attention.
* JadedWashout: Mavis.
* KissingUnderTheInfluence: [[spoiler:Mavis and Buddy. Buddy regrets it and thinks it was a mistake, Mavis assumes it meant more than it did.]]
* LipstickAndLoadMontage: Several times during trips to the salon, including closeups of manicures, facials, etc.
* MistakenForGay: The reason why several jocks nearly beat Matt to death with a crowbar as a teenager, leaving him permanently crippled and needing to use a crutch. Buddy still thinks he is, and is incredulous when Mavis tries to correct him.
* MisterMuffykins: Mavis' Pomeranian named Dolce spends a significant amount of time in a large handbag.
* MostWritersAreWriters
* MsFanservice: Mavis tries to be this, wearing plenty of revealing outfits and appearing in various states of undress. All it does is show that she is trying too hard, as she's often inappropriately dressed for the venue (dive bar, sports bar, family party).
* OddCouple: Mavis and Matt. Mavis is tall and beautiful, and successful at least by Mercury's standards. Matt is a short, homely cripple who never left town and works at a meaningless job.
* PitySex: Mavis and [[spoiler:Matt.]] Subverted in that the pity is on both sides.
* ProductPlacement: Averted with the "[=KenTacoHut=]", a 3-in-1 KFC/Taco Bell/Pizza Hut restaurant. It's treated with a fair amount of derision, which then frames Mavis eating there later.
* ReallyGetsAround: Mavis, past and present.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Matt gives one to Mavis, going on about how pointless her quest is and how pathetic she is for even trying.
* SelfDeprecation: [[AuthorAvatar Mavis Gary]] is a thirtysomething writer who [[JadedWashout hasn't gotten over her high school years]], and writes teen movies... [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial er, young-adult novels]] peppered with TotallyRadical teen slang in order to recreate her GloryDays. Diablo Cody is keenly aware of this fact.
-->'''Creator/DiabloCody:''' This common question I would get at [=Q&As=] or press junkets or what-have-you was: "Why are you so fixated on [movies about] adolescents?" I began wondering, "am I stunted somehow?" And so as I thought about my own life, I thought, "Gosh, that would be a great character -- a woman in her 30s who writes young-adult fiction and does in fact cling to deluded teenage fantasies in her real life, and is obsessed with recreating her teenage years come hell or high water."
* [[spoiler:ShaggyDogStory: Compare Mavis in the beginning of the film to Mavis in the end.]]
* ShutUpHannibal: Matt after Mavis explains why he should just get over the attack that permanently damaged the lower half of his body.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: One of Mavis's reasons for going after Buddy. It's noted by her parents that her ex-husband was also a NiceGuy.
* SmallTownBoredom: Escaped by Mavis prior to the film's events, Matt's sister Sandra is desperate to do the same.[[note]][[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Unless she's being sycophantic, or sarcastic, or she's a drunken hallucination]][[/note]].
* TotallyRadical: Mavis writes her characters' dialogue in whatever teen slang she overhears at fast-food joints or at clothing stores.
* TriangRelations: Type 4, with Buddy as B. Mavis thinks she's C and Beth is A, but it's the other way around.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Mavis.
* VillainousBreakdown: Mavis has a big ol' drunken freakout at Buddy's baby's naming ceremony.
* VillainProtagonist: Mavis.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse
** Didn't Mavis leave a dude in her apartment at the beginning?
** While she does finally rescue Dolce, how long was that poor dog locked up in that hotel room?
* WrongGenreSavvy: Mavis is sure she's the [[TheOneWhoMadeItOut hometown girl made good]], back to fix everyone she grew up with (clear, for example, in her speech to Matt) and [[ManicPixieDreamGirl rescue her high-school sweetheart from his loveless marriage]]. [[{{Deconstruction}} This is incorrect.]]
** She expects Beth to be threatened by her presence. [[spoiler:On the contrary, Beth '''invited''' her.]]
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