For Mature Audiences

A talk with the makers of Young Adult

Márton Perlaki for TIME

Young Adult stars Charlize Theron as Mavis, an alcoholic, reality-TV-obsessed ghostwriter of teen novels who returns to her Minnesota hometown to steal back her high school boyfriend. Writer Diablo Cody (United States of Tara) and director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air) sat down with TIME to chat about Young Adult (which opens Dec. 9) at L.A.'s Tart restaurant--the spot where they originally met to discuss their first collaboration, Juno, which won Cody the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 2008.

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