Michael Cera adds to his collection of quick-witted young men with his portrayal of 16-year-old Nick Twisp. Born on the trashy side of the Oakland tracks, Nick hates his name almost as much as his life. Everyone he knows, including his divorced parents (Jean Smart and Steve Buscemi), gets more action than he does, but his luck changes when he meets junior femme fatale Sheeni (Portia Doubleday) during a trailer-park vacation. She may have overprotective parents (Mary Kay Place and M. Emmet Walsh) and a boyfriend back at school, but she also likes Jean-Paul Belmondo movies, Serge Gainsbourg records--and Nick. There's just one hitch--she prefers bad boys, so Nick creates cynical, cigarette-smoking alter ego François Dillinger to win her heart (just as musician Gainsbourg created devilish doppelgänger Gainsbarre). Little does Nick know he's playing with fire--literally--since François gives him license to set his pent-up inhibitions free: he sneaks into Sheeni's private-school dorm, blows up his mother's boyfriend's car (Zach Galifianakis as the boyfriend), and trips on magic mushrooms with Sheeni's burnout brother and a radical family friend (Justin Long and Fred Willard, both hilarious). As withChuck and BuckandThe Good Girl, Miguel Arteta's adaptation of C.D. Payne's young adult series offers equal parts sorrow and humor. The animated sequences add whimsy, but there's something more disturbing than romantic about Twisp's manufactured multiple personality disorder. Cera handles the two personas well, butYouth in Revoltstill registers as a sex comedy for people who prefer crime dramas.--Kathleen C. Fennessy
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*** out of **** I'm beginning to admire Miguel Arteta more and more as I see more of his feature films. Maybe I like the guy because he crafts comedies as few other genre directors can. He's something special, for sure, and he often gets a boost from his nicely-picked screen-writers. I liked Arteta's film "Youth in Revolt" because it has Arteta written all over it. It's a funny, often clever and sly, and sometimes whimsical coming-of-age comedy that may not rank … more
In 1993 C.D. Payne wrote a Young Adult Novel called Youth in Revolt about a teenager named Nick Twisp. It was a series that was eventually split into six books. The first three were compressed together to form an epic novel that was simply called "Youth in Revolt." It's those three books combined that this movie is based off of. The book itself is a cult classic. With an interesting character in Nick Twisp. He may not be that believable but he is likeable … more
Michael Cera is a smart, funny, slightly awkward young man. I know this because every role he has ever played has reinforced this knowledge. Like Christopher Walken before him he excells at playing versions of himself. And he does the same in Miguel Arteta's film "Youth in Revolt," adapted from the novel of the same name by C.D. Payne. But part way through the film something very interesting happens, Nick Twisp (Cera) creates a 'don't give a damn' alter ego … more
You might see Youth in Revolt as a coming of age story of sorts, but much of it whips by so fast that we hardly see just how the characters change. Near the end especially it's just not convincing enough just how Nick and Sheeni enjoy their moment together because just a couple of scenes before there's a huge ounce of drama where the characters find out one of the things Nick has done, and they get mad at him. Yet mere minutes later all is forgiven without much explanation at all. This is what makes … more
prepare yourself for a movie that's kind of random, sort of in a good way, though not with much of a point. it's reasonably entertaining and will hold your interest most of the way through. also be prepared to watch this kid play the same role he's done in every other film : / it'll put you in the mood to watch a real film that used this device successfully... i.e. Fight Club.
Your enjoyment of YOUTH IN REVOLT will mostly directly correlate to a) how much you like Michael Cera's "signature" film persona & b) how anxious you are to see him try something else. Whether he's Nick in NICK & NORA'S INFINITE PLAYLIST, George Michael in ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT or the guy in SUPERBAD or the caveman guy in YEAR ONE...Cera mostly gives one performance, that is only modulated by as little as he can get away with. (Let me be clear...when he's modulated his performance … more