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Plot: While his trailer trash parents teeter on the edge of divorce, Nick Twisp sets his sights on dream girl Sheeni Saunders, hoping that she'll be the one to take away his virginity. Runtime: 90 mins Release Date: 08 Jan 2010
Hilarious, bright and engaging (by meli-beauchemin)
I enjoy Michael Cera as much as the next person; he's awkward and endearing and watching him fumble makes me feel better about myself. The thing about Michael Cera, is that all of the characters he plays... are Michael Cera.Well... except for Nick Twisp.It starts off with Nick masturbating; I hadn't seen the trailer prior to the TIFF premiere, and during that first scene I somehow started having horrible flashbacks of Nick and Nora's Craptastic Adventure.4 minutes in, my mind was changed.The movie is filled to the brim with witticisms that I feared would fall flat with Cera's <more>
non-dimensional acting; I was surprised. He managed to avoid turning sexual situations into awkward moments, and the brilliantly written screen play kept the pace fast and...well, hilarious.The character is less naive than we're meant to believe; Nick Twisp just wants to belong, and his alter-ego Francois Cera with a shady looking 'stache enables Nick to do that... it's like they've embarked on that wild ride that we all wish we could take.There were SO MANY one liners that had the audience laughing, I think that it's hard not to adore this movie.Seriously, I will be seeing it again.
Nick Twisp Michael Cera is a sex-obsessed teen who falls hopelessly in love with Sheeni Saunders Portia Doubleday while on a family vacation. Sheeni is a beautiful, free spirited girl, but family, geography and jealous ex-lovers conspire to keep these two apart.Inspired by Sheeni's free spirit, Nick abandons his dull, predictable life and develops a rebellious alter ego, Francois. Francois will stop at nothing to be with Sheeni and leads Nick on a path of destruction and on the run from local law enforcement that has uproarious and unpredictable consequences. This is a big step-up for <more>
Michael Cera, and it is very good. Youth In Revolt 10/10
One of the 5 funniest movies I have ever seen (by kg37-631-683874)
This film was even smarter, wittier, and funnier than I was expecting, and I was expecting a lot. The one liners come at you faster than you can even comprehend them, and I think a second watching is definitely warranted because I'm sure I will pick up more witticisms by doing so. The entire film is very well paced, and Michael Cera and Portia Doubleday give an incredible performance. What makes the film really special is that beneath all the gags is a touching although twisted love story. The movie touches on the usual pangs of teenage angst, but with a fresh and modern perspective, <more>
kind of like Ferris Bueller meets American Pie. But the intelligence of the lyrics and timing of delivery are superior to both of those movies. The result is a wonderfully entertaining story that really keeps you on your brain engaged.Highly recommended.
It's a good thing that comedies are slowly coming out of the stereotypes like cliché characters, fake emotions and boring all happy too long meaningless endings. Don't be fooled that this is movie for teens only; there is lot more here going on.Great transformation by Michael Cera, well developed main and supporting characters and very funny appearances by excellent and proved actors. The story is simple but goes through many changes in it making it unique in its genre, successfully escaping the traps set by the movies that have already told this story. This movie like the previous <more>
ones has hilarious situations and that is the only resemblance, but apart from them it has developed romance, real emotions, smart and funny dialogs and is more mature.
Versatile Cera and Newcomer Doubleday Shine in Clever Comedy (by MovieNut237)
Cera, Doubleday Shine in Clever Comedy Aside from the usual onslaught of sappy romantic drivel, the sad milkings of former SNL cast members, and the Friedberg/Seltzer travesties, the past few years really have been golden ones for smaller, underdog comedies: Juno, Be Kind Rewind, The Wackness, Adventureland, 500 Days of Summer, and The Hangover to name a few.Youth In Revolt, a new comedy directed by Miguel Arteta, earns a well-deserved spot on that list.Michael Cera and Portia Doubleday in "Youth in Revolt." Michael Cera and Portia Doubleday in "Youth in Revolt." The <more>
film tells the story of a lonely and neglected teenage virgin named Nick Twisp Michael Cera , who unexpectedly falls for a free-spirited trailer park girl named Sheeni Saunders Portia Doubleday . When their summer fling ends and Nick has to move back home, he realizes that she is the one, and must keep her in his life in order to be happy. His passive, nice-guy temperament won't suffice, however, so he creates a bad-boy alter ago – a Tyler Durden, if you will – in order to get Sheeni back. So what begins with a rather cliché set-up quickly turns into a hilarious and unpredictable series of exploits that will leave you laughing and guessing until the end.It's refreshing to see Michael Cera, who I've referred to as the Anthony Michael Hall of this generation, break out of the shy, soft-spoken mold he's created for himself and venture into more challenging territory. This new role tests his range as an actor, and it suffices to say he passes with flying colors, even if he has to alternate screen time with his usual, soft-spoken self in this way, the dual-performance becomes almost a self-parody . It's easily his best-acted film yet, and may ultimately serve as a turning point in his career, opening the door to a more diverse melody of roles. Or maybe not.Newcomer Portia Doubleday is as flawless as she is adorable playing Cera's love interest; her future certainly looks bright. Jean Smart and the always-amazing Steve Buscemi nail their roles as his conceited parents, while the familiar faces of Zach Galifianakis, Ray Liotta, and Justin Long round out the pitch-perfect cast. Michael Cera in "Youth in Revolt." Michael Cera in "Youth in Revolt." What gives this film its edge, ultimately, is its unconventionality. It takes place very much within its own world, and yet, at the same time, the thoughts and feelings emoted on screen are sure to strike a familiar cord with anyone whose road through adolescence had its share of potholes. The smart, snappy dialogue is reminiscent of Diablo Cody's Juno script, sans the annoyance, and a handful of animated sequences interspersed throughout the narrative adds to its overall uniqueness. It tries hard to stand apart from other coming-of-age films, and manages to succeed without being either unoriginal or pretentious.Best of all, it's funny. Some comedies marketed as nonstop laugh-a-thons can turn out to be dramas in disguise, but with this gem, there is something to enjoy in every scene.Youth In Revolt opens everywhere on January 8, and you'll be hard-pressed to find something better to do that day.Zach Copeland is a Senior Writer for The Film Crusade.
You may fear it's merit...but it's one of 2009's best (by romantic_hitchcockian)
I don't want to spoil too much about this movie except that it wasn't how I expect it to be. You may think this is the run-of-the-mill Michael Cera's teenage awkward movies that we love at first but grew tire of.Yes, this movie starts off that way but then the stories touches different heights almost as brilliant as Fight Club but yet it is original in its own way.Michael Cera performs his most memorable role up to date in this movie with a steady supporting cast behind him In terms of production, it is top notch yet subtle enough as not to distract the original/witty <more>
When you hear that Michael Cera will be playing yet another nerdy virginal dweeb, your first reaction is likely to include a couple of eyerolls and other dismissive motions. Here he plays an effete high schooler named Nick Twisp who thinks he's found the girl of his dreams during a lakefront vacation. Only to get the girl he needs to man up and become more dangerous, so he invents a subpersona named Francois, a dashing lad full of derring-do. This black comedy has plenty of laughs amid a wacky, absurdist atmosphere.Nick Twisp. Great name for a fictional character; terrible name for a real <more>
person, I would think. Nick is into Frank Sinatra, his computer, and classic prose; he lives with his trailer-trash mom Jean Smart and her ne'er-do-well current boyfriend played with laid-back zeal by Zach Galifianakis . Nick is as stammery as any other Michael Cera character, and his approach to the fairer sex is, unsurprisingly, ineffective.Things look up when he meets neighbor Sheeni Saunders Portia Doubleday, who is both enigmatic and ebullient as Sheeni , who's gorgeous and fun to be with. It's not long before Nick decides Sheeni's the one for him. But it's quickly revealed that Sheeni already has a boyfriend, a real manly man named Trent. How can anyone played by Michael Cera compete with a guy named Trent? Easy – by inventing an alter ego that gives voice to his rampaging id, a rogueish cad named Francois because Sheeni loves French things . Francois allows Nick to do and say things that he'd never otherwise say.And that's when things really take off. The pleasure of this movie is twofold. First, Cera's delivery and the script by Gustin Nash go together like Forrest Gump and Jenny. The jokes are often laugh-out-loud quality, and it's at least partly due to Cera's sometimes-mumbled, frightened-rabbit replies. His funny lines are played straight, and somehow it works. Second, the absurd escalating situations in which Nick finds himself – as a result of his own actions, it should be noted – are funny the same way Mr. Creosote's predicament was funny in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. The stuff Nick does at the behest of Francois to win Sheemi's heart are hilarious yet unlikely – and yet they ring true nonetheless.It also helps that Cera is supported by some damn funny actors: Galifianakis is a hoot in a somewhat dark role; Steve Buscemi plays Nick's dad with vulgar intensity as if he were a domesticated version of Mr. Pink ; Justin Long, of all people, is Sheeni's stoner older brother; M. Emmett Walsh who's perhaps a tad too old to be the father of a teen is Sheeni's dad; Mary Kay Place is the mom; Smart as Nick's mom; and Adhir Kalyan as a fellow student who helps Nick in his quest for Sheeni. Oh, and Fred Willard as a neighbor who likes to save illegal immigrants from the INS.I know the word "quirky" is overused for oddball comedies today, particularly those starring Michael Cera who, if he plays another Nick, may as well dot his face with bloodied pieces of tissue paper , but this one outquirks most of them. Even with all the madness zooming around this film, at the heart of things is the love between a girl and a boy and the lengths either will go to protect that bond. This movie should appeal to those who like offbeat romances.
"Youth in Revolt" is original. It's not quite like any "teen movie" I've ever seen. Just as its source material offered a fresh twist to the dork-meets-girl scenario in ink, the film offers the twist on screen."Youth in Revolt" centers on unconventional teenage rebels; these aren't the hoodlums you'd expect to see smoking pot on street corners. In fact, these characters are essentially adults trapped in awkward teenage frames. They have sophisticated tastes and profound desires, but they also carry themselves clumsily and desperately try to shed <more>
their virginity. This mature immaturity makes both Nick Cera and Sheeni Doubleday , along with a number of minor characters they meet throughout the film, compelling and unique human beings.As Nick Twisp, Michael Cera carries the film. His awkwardly clever narration provides for fairly consistent laughter, and his quest for Sheeni's heart puts him through a dramatic ringer. As good as Cera is as lovable loser Nick, nothing can prepare the audience for his work as Twisp's alter-ego: Francois Dillinger. Dillinger is the anti-Nick, which also makes him the anti-Michael Cera, but Cera pulls off his boldness and iron will hilariously. Cera's dual performance keeps the film fresh when it begins to get a little dull.As Sheeni, the primary love interest, Portia Doubleday concocts an unconventional leading lady. She seems to embody every characteristic of the female teenager at the same time, and it's not hard to see why Nick would idolize her.The film focuses on Cera and Doubleday for the most part, and their relationship is strange, and therefore refreshing. Clichés are avoided, unexpected roadblocks pop up, and teenage love rears its ugly, fascinating face. The romance seems real, as well as funny.When 'Youth in Revolt" turns its focus away from the youths, it's hit-or-miss. Jean Smart is fine as Cera's aloof mother, but the character itself is one-dimensional and strangely conventional for such a nonconformist movie. Steve Buscemi is fine as the father, but he's not given much to do. The standouts among the supporting players include Fred Willard as an immigrant-phile, Justin Long as Sheeni's stoner brother, Mary Kay Place as Sheeni's Bible-wielding mother, and the two unknowns who portray Nick's friends, Lefty and BJ.Aside from a couple of intentionally quirky animated sequences and one or two clichéd stock characters, "Youth in Revolt" plays by its own rules, and it wins marvelously.
Michael Cera's omnipresence: maybe not a terrible thing? (by thesubstream)
Youth in Revolt stars Michael Cera as Nick Twisp, the nebbish-gone-wild hero of Miguel Arteta's adaptation of C.D. Payne's cult-favourite novel of the same name. Trying and failing to win the attention of the sexually sophisticated Sheeni Saunders Portia Doubleday , Nick is visited by the realization that he needs to create an alter-ego, an edgy bad-boy named Francois Dillinger. Francois has blue eyes and a moustache, he smokes, he trashes Nick's record collection and coaches him through a spree of arson, property destruction and sexual triumph.The film, like Payne's book, is <more>
slightly off, in a very good way, three quarters heart-warming, smart character study and one quarter aggressive comic nihilism. There's an edge here, a very very pleasant one. It's left-field humour and frankness about boners makes the film feels like the work of people who are interested in the film as a funny film rather than as a vehicle. It's old-fashioned, a little punk, a little tiny bit jagged and very funny. The cast is outstanding, including performances by Jean Smart, Fred Willard, Ray Liotta, Steve Buscemi, Zach Galifianakis and newcomer Adhir Kalyan as Nick's partner-in-crime, Vijay. Arteta has filled the film, whose script is dense and literary, with more than enough visual humour and style to keep the film from getting too bogged down in its own witty verbosity.Arteta who rose to deserved indie prominence with the excellent Star Maps and Chuck & Buck has found in Cera a really rare comic actor at a really rare moment; a genuine talent on the verge of deserved super-stardom. Cera absolutely mastered at 15 or 16 seemingly the smart-funny anxious and awkward comedy of sweaty palms and gawkish, aware nerd-hood, starring as cousin-loving Michael in "Arrested Development" and Evan in his breakout hit Superbad. He's doing similar things in the very funny Youth in Revolt but what matters, what's exciting, is that Cera seems willing to modulate his image an image that's worth literally millions of dollars by taking roles in films like Arteta's not-exactly-totally-run-of-the-mill teen sex flick and this past summer's very neat, very brave Paper Heart. His role in Youth in Revolt belies both a self-awareness and a willingness to take risks, to poke and twist his safe "Paulie from Juno" image. Which is why he's still funny, despite the occasional disaster Year One, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist . It's suggestive of longevity and legitimate wit, and as somebody who wholeheartedly loves funny people in funny films, it's exciting. My score: 8/10