Youth in Revolt (2010) - Rotten Tomatoes

Youth in Revolt (2010)



Critic Consensus: It may not entirely do its source material justice, but Miguel Arteta's Youth in Revolt is a fun, funny comic romp that lets Michael Cera stretch a little and introduces filmgoers to a major find in Portia Doubleday.

Movie Info

Superbad's Michael Cera discovers a vacation romance in Youth in Revolt, a teen comedy from Charlie Bartlett's screenwriter, Gustin Nash, and director Miguel Arteta (Chuck & Buck). The film is an adaptation of C.D. Payne's first book in a series of best-selling satirical novels starring Nick Twisp, a sexually charged 14-year-old whose intelligence and hormones get him into all sorts of adventures. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovimore
Rating: R (for sexual content, language and drug use)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Gustin Nash
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 15, 2010
Box Office: $15.2M
The Weinstein Company - Official Site


Michael Cera
as Nick Twisp/Francois
Portia Doubleday
as Sheeni Saunders
Adhir Kalyan
as Vijay Joshi
Jean Smart
as Estelle Twisp
Steve Buscemi
as George Twisp
Fred Willard
as Mr. Ferguson
Ray Liotta
as Lance Wescott
Justin Long
as Paul Saunders
Rooney Mara
as Taggarty
Jade Fusco
as Bernice Lynch
M. Emmet Walsh
as Mr. Saunders
Mary Kay Place
as Mrs. Saunders
Greg Anderson
as Sailor #1
Connell Brown
as Sailor #2
Randy Godwin
as Officer #1
Tony Fanning
as Officer #2
Francine Roussel
as Headmistress
Chuy Chávez
as Illegal Immigrant #1
Miguel Arteta
as Illegal Immigrant #2
Bruce Lawson
as Officer A. Fanning
Sudhi Rajagopal
as Officer T. Cahill
Christa B. Allen
as Teenage Girl
Trevor Duke
as Jock Guy
Arnaud Crowther
as French Student #1
Danielle Nicole Czir...
as French Student #2
Roz Music
as Store Clerk
Joann Fregalette Jan...
as Sheeni Consultant
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News & Interviews for Youth in Revolt

Critic Reviews for Youth in Revolt

All Critics (164) | Top Critics (38)

The tone throughout is moderately quirky rather than full-on teen-flick vulgarian, bolstered by indie-cred cameos.

Full Review… | February 5, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Miguel Arteta furnishes the film with fantasy sequences - such as one involving stop-motion miniature models - that are more contrived than inspired.

Full Review… | October 7, 2015
Critic's Notebook

An uneven story and crass comedy could leave viewers revolted.

Full Review… | September 17, 2012
Big Hollywood

Michael Cera adopts a mischievous alter ego in an attempt to reunite with his dream girl in a familiarly peculiar story.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Film Journal International

Playing on feelings and impulses that I'm sure we all relate to, a witty and playful portrait of teen love emerges out of a less exciting teen comedy.

Full Review… | February 3, 2011
What Culture

Nick Twisp is no Scott Pilgrim, but this is another witty ensemble comedy that successfully reinvigorates that most benighted of genres, the teen film.

Full Review… | December 30, 2010
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Audience Reviews for Youth in Revolt

A dark satirical comedy. it took me a little bit to warm up to it but once I did I really enjoyed it.

John Manard

Super Reviewer



Super Reviewer

Milquetoast Michael Cera as a pencil-mustache-sportin' evil alter ego is entertaining enough, but the rest of the boy-ruins-his-life-for-a-girl story is pretty banal and quite tame surprisingly. Portia Doubleday as Sheeni isn't much of a siren either, but Rooney Mara looks satisfyingly hot and mean. The part with Adhir Kalyan from "Rules of Engagement" in his skivvies is funny.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Youth in Revolt Quotes

Nick Twisp/Francois: I do all my hiking free form. Like John Muir, I enter the wilderness with nothing more than my journal and a child-like sense of wonder.
– Submitted by Kyle F (3 years ago)
Nick Twisp/Francois: Trent, I don't want to hurt you. Now I'll only ask once that you and your adorable sweater step away from the door.
– Submitted by Joel C (3 years ago)
Nick Twisp/Francois: Now half as bad as the nasty things I wanna do to you right now with my tongue. I'm gonna wrap your legs around my head and wear you like the crown that you are.
– Submitted by Kennedi T (3 years ago)
Estelle Twisp: I need that child support money to eat.
Nick Twisp/Francois: Shouldn't you need that child support money to support your child?
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)

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