Youth in Revolt


Youth in Revolt

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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.



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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, Rovi


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
Roz Music
as Store Clerk
Christa B. Allen
as Teenage Girl
Trevor Duke
as Jock Guy
Joann Fregalette Jansen
as Sheeni Consultant
Arnaud Crowther
as French Student #1
Danielle Nicole Czirmer
as French Student #2
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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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