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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. Read critic reviews

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As a fan of Albert Camus and Jean-Luc Godard, teenage Nick Twisp (Michael Cera) is definitely out of his element when his mother and her boyfriend move the family to a trailer park. When a pretty neighbor named Sheeni (Portia Doubleday) plays records by French crooners, it's love at first sight for frustrated and inexperienced Nick. Learning that she is dating someone, Nick launches a hilarious quest to find his way into Sheeni's heart -- and bed.

Cast & Crew

Michael Cera
Nick Twisp
Portia Doubleday
Sheeni Saunders
Jean Smart
Estelle Twisp
Steve Buscemi
George Twisp
Ray Liotta
Lance Wescott
Justin Long
Paul Saunders
Fred Willard
Mr. Ferguson
Mary Kay Place
Mrs. Saunders
Gustin Nash
Screenwriter
Bob Weinstein
Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein
Executive Producer
Nan Morales
Executive Producer
Chuy Chávez
Cinematographer
Pamela Martin
Film Editor
Andy Keir
Film Editor
Tony Fanning
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Critic Reviews for Youth in Revolt

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  • Sep 06, 2012
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 11, 2012
    A new level in Michael Cera's carrer, Young in Revolt could be more other sex teen comedy, but the crude and satirical material of Miguel Arteta change this cliche kind of movie.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2012
    Not as good as I would have hoped. Great cast but the story doesn't keep me overly interested
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2011
    Francois Dillinger: I want to tickle your belly button... From the inside. "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.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer

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