Charlize Theron Starrer 'Young Adult' Opens in Limited Release Dec. 9

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Director Jason Reitman's likely awards contender will expand nationwide on Dec. 16

Paramount will launch Jason Reitman's Young Adult in a limited run on Dec. 9, followed by a nationwide bow on Dec. 16.

The studio is using the same release pattern for Young Adult -- a likely awards contender -- it employed with The Fighter last year. That film opened on the same weekend in four theaters, expanding into a total of 2,503 locations the next weekend.

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Young Adult reunites Reitman with Juno scribe Diablo Cody, and stars Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson and Patton Oswalt.

The story follows a young adult author (Theron) who returns to her hometown in the hopes of reclaiming her happy youth -- and her now-married high school sweetheart (Wilson.). But her plan doesn't go so well, and she soon forms an unusual bond with another former classmate (Oswalt).

December is already jam-packed with releases. Also opening on Dec. 9 is Madonna's W.E., followed on Dec. 16 by the Meryl Streep Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady. Both films are considered awards contenders, and are being released domestically by the Weinstein Co.