Charlize Theron Plays Detestable Heroine in New Movie

A look at the actress' latest role. Plus, six female characters we love to hate

Upcoming Film, Young Adult, And The Best Worst Female Characters

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The upcoming release of Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody’s Young Adult has set tongues wagging as to whether movies starring thoroughly detestable female characters are doomed to flop. The comedy stars Charlize Theron as Mavis Gary, a grown-up mean girl who returns home to steal back her high-school boyfriend from his wife and new baby. To counter the claim that an evil female character is the cinematic kiss of death, we’ve rounded up the unlikeable pop culture heroines that we just can’t help but love. –Allison Friedman

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