Youth in Revolt

Youth in Revolt

In Theatres: 
Oct 30, 2009

Michael Cera stars in this comedy about Nick Twisp, a 16-year-old teen who meets the smart and sexy Sheeni (Portia Doubleday) while on vacation. Unfortunately for him, she is with Trent, who is every girls dream dude. Now he must be bad in order to win her over, thus creating his alter ego, Francois.

Well, that's how the trailer sums up the film. In actuality, it's quite a bit different than what you would imagine. First off, he likes her and she likes him. This isn't the case where the good guy changes to win over the heart of the girl who only likes bad boys as the trailer suggests. Nick creates this alternate persona to get kicked out from his mom's house  so he can see her more often since he met her while on vacation. 

Second, the trailer suggests that Zach Galifianakis has a decent role in the film. After all, he was a huge hit in The Hangover so it's reasonable to advertise his name. Thing is, he's only in the film briefly and barely gets any lines in. It was a huge disappointment after the buildup of the previews. 

The movie itself is your typical Michael Cera film. While he does exhibit a more badass version of himself, he still remains the shy and awkward boy he's famous for playing. Think of the film as an R-rated Juno that's more focused on the sex part, rather than the pregnancy part. That's Youth in Revolt.

Francois is definitely funnier than his toned down counterpart, Nick. The fact that Michael Cera interacts with himself at times brings about some laughs as well. Much of the humor comes from the supporting actors too. Justin Long and Adhir Kalyan make the biggest impressions with Steve Buscemi and Ray Liotta making notable appearances as well.

Youth in Revolt has its fair share of laughs but you can't help but be disappointed by the hype the trailers create. If you're a Michael Cera fan then you'll have no problem watching his usual antics. For others, you can't help but want something more.

Matt Rodriguez
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