“Youth in Revolt” The Crazies Come Out To Play

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Adaptation and Teen
Running Time: 1 hr. 30 min.
Release Date: January 8th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, language and drug use.
Distributors: The Weinstein Company


Directed by: Miguel Arteta

JJ Rating: A-

Nick Twisp (Michael Cera) is a teen who wants to find a girl and finds Sheeni (Portia Doubleday). But Sheeni has a boyfriend and Nick isn’t anything like what he perceives she likes. So in order to be more liked by her he creates another personality that’s a baddy who’ll get things done, but in an oh so nasty way. Youth in Revolt.

I was not expecting a whole lot from this film. I was expecting an ok film that was going to entertain me, but what I got was a better than ok film that totally goes against Crapuary and I was pleased. I like Michael Cera and I don’t think he’s a one trick pony like some and with him playing two characters he shows that he can do more than what he normally does. When he’s Francois it’s hilarious. His nonchalant manner and doing whatever it takes to get the naughty job done is great and totally not Michael Cera’s normal acting fashion. It was like a nerdy version of the Hulk and Bruce Banner.

The opening scene rivals the opening scene of 40 Year Old Virgin in how normal guy like it is. The scene starts with sound and one might go…nah, even though it’s not out of line that it would be. Then when the realization hits that that is what that is one might shake their head in embarrassment or disbelief and laugh or walk out. But if one wants to see the film it’ll most likely be laugh.

There is an odd twist of Wes Anderson character-esque going on. Every single actor did their part to make the movie whole in a very amusing way. It was fast paced. It had fantastic characters that stood out no matter how short a period of time they were in the film. It has a witty, charismatic and charming script.

Youth in Revolt is not just a simple story about a boy wanting a girl…ok it is, but it tells it in a complicated fashion that makes interesting, fun, creative, adventurous and even a little bit dangerous. The entire story is crass and vulgar. Just so you know. The end is not happy but it’s closure and the credits continue the story a bit.

This film has a lot of rejects of normalcy running around doing whatever and it is very entertaining and if you like Michael Cera films as well as Wes Anderson like characters (cause this isn’t his film or his characters) you’ll enjoy Youth in Revolt. It is JJ approved.

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