Youth in Revolt Review

8 Jan

Another movie about a teenage virgin on a humorous odyssey through thick and thin to get the girl. But this one has Michael Cera.  And for some reason that makes all the difference. Well that and it’s hilarious. 

With the same off beat Juno-esque humor, Youth in Revolt, brings a unique twist to this well-known story arch. It’s boy meets girl, through the help of an invented Don Jaun alter-ego. Based on the C.D. Payne novel, Youth in Revolt: The Diary of Nicholas Twisp, the film follows niche actor Michael Cera as the Frank Sinatra, wannabe novelist Twisp on a quest for female companionship.

When Nick’s mother (Jean Smart) and boyfriend Jerry (Zach Galifianakis) drag him to Restless Axles trailer park to escape some angry sailors, things look bleak. That is until he meets the verbose, Francophil Sheeni Saunders (Portia Doubleday) who is every bit the cultural nerd Nick is, but with far greater “relationship” experience. 

After a brief summer fling, that doesn’t reach its “ultimate culmination”, Nick is on his way back to small town loneliness. But to get him back to this lady-love he creates the cigarette smoking sophisticant Francois Dillenger, to push beyond himself, and actually get some. It’s a little strange watching Nick, 16 years-old in the film, pervally stalk Sheeni. But the reality that Michael Cera is well into adulthood, and his nack for truthful innocence some how makes you feel okay about it. Through all of Francois’ deviousness and destruction you keep thinking Michael Cera is such a good guy though. It just works.

It’s the kind of film that keeps you laughing at a steadily and enjoying the clever and comfortable predictability of this unique romantic comedy. It’s kinda like Flight Club meets  Juno, but without Meatloaf, Ellen Page or pregnancy.

Directed by Miguel Arteta off the script by Gustin Nash, adapted from the novel by C. D. Payne. director of photography. released by Dimension Films. Running time: 90 minutes.

Cast: Michael Cera (Nick Twisp and François), Portia Doubleday (Sheeni Saunders), Jean Smart (Estelle Twisp), Zach Galifianakis (Jerry), Steve Buscemi (George Twisp), Fred Willard (Mr. Ferguson), Ray Liotta (Lance Wescott), Justin Long (Paul Saunders)


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