Youth in Revolt Reviews
This is a pleasant surprise and worth checking out.There are many laughs to have here.
"He Wasn't a Rebel Until He Found His Cause."
I put off seeing Youth in Revolt for the longest time. The trailer didn't impress me and I thought the movie looked completely stupid. Granted it is stupid, but not in a bad way. I ended up really liking the film. I loved the independent feel to the movie, with occurrences like weird sexual diagrams coming to life and floating in midair during a mushroom trip. I liked Michael Cera's typecast performance as the lovable geek. I know Cera is starting to run thin with people, but I still find his performances to be hilarious. Maybe this is because I see a lot of myself in him.
A 16 year old falls in love with a beautiful girl, when his mother and her boyfriend move the family away for the summer. When they are forced to leave, the two devise a plan where he will get himself kicked out of the house. This will allow him to move in with his father and be close to his girlfriend. In order to get kicked out, he has to get in touch with his bad side. His bad aide ends up making all his decisions for him the rest of the movie, while trying to help him get the girl and get laid.
Youth in Revolt is a movie that is going to divide people. You will either sit there and be saying to yourself, "This is awesome" or "This is retarded." I was sitting there saying, "This is awesome." It's a different movie and I loved it for that. Sure it has the same main plot as a lot of the other teen comedies, but this one adds a lot of originality to the mix and makes for a special film.
I'm not going to argue with people who don't like the movie because I can definitely see why. It really isn't a movie for anyone out of their 20's. Middle aged to the elderly just won't get this movie. It's truly a movie for the young. I really wish I hadn't waited so long to see it.
Michael Cera is stuck with his slutty mom and her dirty hobo boyfriend (Zach Galifianakis) who is on the run from sailors after selling them a broken down car. The three go up to a trailer park for a vacation-on-the-lam, and it's there Cera meets Sheeni (Portia Doubleday), an equally quirky teen who fulfills all the requisite "heartbreaker" qualities a quirky male teen might look for in a girl. Cera adopts an alter ego persona named Francois Dillinger to help him overcome his fears and become a sauve ladies man. Well, not necessarily adopts, Francois is sort of a guardian angel-type character that follows him around, advising him on how to handle certain situations. The film, while being a romantic indie comedy, goes to some pretty dark places, what with the drugs and obsessive stalker types. It's all done with full self awareness, for as they point out in the film, being a teenager is about emotional extremes, where things seem black-and-white, life-or-death, and hormonal attraction is so palpable, it might as well be a physical thing standing next to you in the room.
More pasty Jean-Paul Belmondo than Tyler Durden, Francois nonetheless makes an entertaining antihero, whether he's trashing trailers, blowing up cars or talking smut to his wimpy real-life doppelganger.
As directed by Miquel Arteta, this has an easy, unaffected rhythm, and Gustin Nash's script is frequently funny as it strives for a cutesy synthesis of Wes Anderson and Ghost World.
Shame that whenever Francois isn't on screen the movie reverts to a routine Cera-verse. Still, the sight of Cera being arrested in a woman's nightgown is somehow quite special.
Miguel Arteta directed 'Good Girl' back in 2002, starring Jennifer Aniston. I liked the film (did anyone else?) and was pleased to see that 'Youth In Revolt' had Arteta as the director. Michael Cera has labeled himself as the prototype geek but I've enjoyed his movies without any exceptions, so 'Youth In Revolt' can't miss. But is it a hit?
Nick Twisp, who is ashamed of his last name, is balancing his life between intellectual hobbies and hormonal lust. He lives with his mother and spends his days listening to Frank Sinatra and having the occassional wank. One day, he and his mother along with her boyfriend, go on a vacation. There, Nick meets Sheeni, an intellectual girl with whom he falls in love with. When everything seems to go fine with them, the vacation ends and Nick is forced to leave Sheeni behind. There's only one way how Nick can get back to Sheeni. Be as bad as possible and get his mother to kick him out to live with his father. If it only would be that easy...
'Youth In Revolt' is a nice indie teen film, where a young boy battles authorities for the sake of love. The story doesn't give anything new to the genre. But it does bring a lot of laughs. It's humor is pretty "dry", reminding me of Wes Anderson's films. Cera does a good performance as Nick Twisp and his alter ego Francois Dillinger. His feminine body language is perfect for the role. I'm just afraid that Cera won't get that easily out of these roles anymore. He's been typecast.
There are several supporting characters that I would've wanted to know more of. Erik Knudsen's Lefty was an interesting character and Fred Willard's Mr. Ferguson was also a good one. But the film concentrates solely on Nick and Sheeni. A lot of potential was left behind.
'Youth In Revolt' is a good film that will surely entertain. And it also teaches us men what the purpose of our little finger is... The end result is obvious but I'll guarantee that you'll enjoy this film if you're in to indie film. The animations at the beginning and the end are also worth a look.
This is a really cute coming of age film., seemed quite true to life to me and I could relate to most of these characters without being anything like them. Portia Doubleday is great as the manipulative Sheeni also.
My one complaint is that the end felt a bit rushed for me, I think this could have gone for an extra 20 minutes or so without wearing out its welcome.
The other thing that bugged me is that the poster for this does not seem to match the movie. I kept waiting for Portia Doubleday to show up with the very blonde hair she has in the poster and it never happened, she is very mousy in this - maybe that's the other reason this felt incomplete - I was waiting to see the scene that came from. Obviously the poster was done well after the movie was finished. I'm quite sure it is only me who would worry about something like that!