But in the bigger scheme of things, tattoos and piercings are a mere blip on the radar when it comes to the dumb shit people do when they lack better judgement. I am thankful everyday that I never really fucked up my life, because I did some downright dangerous things.
A lot of adults that I grew up around seemed to be totally devoid of good decision making abilities, and the ones that did have their headlights on, did not have their eyes on me. This unfortunately meant that I probably went through a series of less than eloquent moments in my life. I was a naughty child, a rebellious teen and I am still a pretty unruly adult, but I'm a damn lucky one when I consider all of the situations that I almost got myself into, or narrowly got myself out of.
Yeah, I've done all the dumb things, and I own them all, every last one of them. For good or bad they have made me who I am. Somewhat wiser, slightly brighter and capable of taking care of myself. Fair to say that all that dumb shit has made me a better person, led me to here and now. And unlike all of the adults that I had to look up to as a kid, my eyes are never off my own kids, and never will be.
But if you do ever feel like watching a movie full of bad life choices I recommend:
Release Date: 2011
Rated: MA 15+
Running Time: 94 mins
This movie really borders on dark comedy more than drama, but Charlize Theron brings such flair and dramatic influence to her role of Mavis that I couldn't place it anywhere else.
It is rare for a movie so heavily driven by character development to leave us disliking a character more at the end of a movie than we did at the start, but that is exactly how things pan out in Young Adult. Everyone dislikes Mavis and she is the perfect victim.
This film is brutal in its portrayal of a drunkard and narcissistic middle aged woman trying to steal back the affections of her now married, high school lover. This is sad sad stuff, with a clearly damaged woman at the helm, desperate to be adored and recognised.
Mavis's friend Matt (Patton Oswalt) is wonderful as the high school reject and voice of reason, and the scenes with the two of them together are pure gold. This is a really well put together movie about fucked up people making lots of fucked up mistakes, it is riveting.
FINAL SAY: Arrested Development.
4 Chili Peppers