Bettina’s Take: The Cinema Society Screening of Young Adult

Charlize Theron Cinema Society & Dior Beauty screening 'Young Adult'

Young Adult, the new movie written by Diablo Cody, stars Charlize Theron as a 36-year-old teenage book writer who is as emotionally stunted as the characters she writes about.

Having moved from her small town to the "big city," Minneapolis, she yearns to rekindle her romance with her now married-with-a-baby high school sweetheart.

She goes back home to see him, and in the process, makes an unlikely friend out of an unpopular classmate who was beaten and disabled (Patton Oswalt). The Cinema Society screening, sponsored by Dior Beauty, was star-studded.

Much of the action in the movie happens in the local bar. So was it fun to act drunk?

"Playing drunk is actually really hard—I find it really hard, anyway," said Theron, stunning in a short black Dior cocktail dress and Dior makeup.

"The bar was genuinely fun to hang out in," said Oswalt. "The whole set was really lively and very interesting."

What was it like to work with Charlize? we asked.

"I got to work with a great actor," the charismatic Oswalt told FashionEtc. "I think she's going to have one of those amazingly insane careers—she's going to become one of those one-word people—you know, 'Charlize said to me one time'... She made everyone better. The most difficult scene to do was the love scene because I was half naked next to the hottest woman on the planet. No way I could do this next to Michael Moore or something?"

Elisabeth Reaser, in a black leather Ferragamo dress, had to switch gears from promoting the latest Twilight movie.

"This felt more like where I come from as an actor," said Reaser. "The Twilight movie was way more challenging in some ways, playing this vampire and all the makeup and the supernatural aspects. [Young Adult] is a movie that's really grounded in reality. Characters are so perfectly drawn. It's a wonderful script with a brilliant director. It felt easier than it should have, because every element was so high end."

Diablo Cody, who famously wrote Juno, shared her thoughts on this latest project.

"Charlize plays a young adult author who's obsessed with her teen years. And I thought to myself, I've been writing about teenagers for the past few years of my life, maybe there's something wrong with me, maybe I'm a stunted person. So I thought I'd like to write about a woman who is unable to move past her adolescence and is acting out," she laughed.

The after-party, at the still-happening Double Seven, was buzzing with talk about the film—"how did they make his mangled leg look so real?"—while Jeremy Renner came to congratulate Theron, and Courtney Love, Anson Mount, Bob Balaban, James Marsden, Tony Danza, Dior Beauty's Dianne Vavra, Dan Abrams and David Zinczenko helped themselves to Grey Goose cocktails, prosecco, and vegetable spring rolls.

Still obsessing about the leg question, I ran into the ever-gracious Oswalt, and asked him about it directly. "I was amazed too," he answered." All I know is, they took a mold of my leg and sent it to a place in Nyack [N.Y.] where they do all sorts of special effects, and that's how it ended up looking on screen."

Genius.

Photo: Charlize Theron at the Cinema Society & Dior Beauty screening of her new film, Young Adult