Excerpt: Based on the acclaimed novel by C.D. Payne, "Youth In Revolt" is the story of Nick Twisp - a unique, but affable teen with a taste for the finer things in life like Sinatra and Fellini - who falls hopelessly in love with the beautiful, free-spirited Sheeni Saunders while on a family vacation. But family, geography and jealous ex-lovers conspire to keep these two apart.
Excerpt: Adapted from C.D. Payne's 1993 triptych (three installments were published in one volume), Youth in Revolt took so long to make it to the screen it's practically a period piece. And while its star, Michael Cera, could not be more of-the-moment, the casting is a perfect fit: Cera's expertise in playing the moon-faced aspirant is largely derived from the bewilderment he seems to radiate at being caught out of his time -- a diffident, longhand wisp lodged in a vulgar,...
Excerpt: Not much of Youth in Revolt is memorable. About ten minutes out of the movie from the time of this review, most of the film feels like a distant memory, the few bland R-rated jokes lost in a sea of teen sex comedies already forgotten. It has flashes, glimpses if you want, that may stick around. Micheal Cera plays Michael Cera and a slightly evil-er (?) version of Michael Cera as he tries to get the girl of his teenage dreams.
Conclusion: 'Youth in Revolt' isn't a perfect movie, but it's pretty good. Cera branches out a bit and becomes someone different. It's got some clever writing, annoying animated sequences, and a few plot holes that are never discussed (whatever happened to poor Bernice Lynch?). If you're tired of Michael Cera, you may want to skip this one, because Nick is the same character you've seen over and over, although the promise of Francois and his badass mustache may change your mind.
Excerpt: Youth in Revolt is a movie full of Michael Ceras. Cera stars in the film playing a dual role both as virgin nerd Nick Twisp and Nick’s newly created, bad boy alternate personality Francois Dillinger. But the Cera doesn’t stop there. The film’s other characters seem to have caught the Cera bug, speaking in the same mildly disconnected monotone that has become Cera’s trademark, or using Cera’s all too familiar blank stare to gaze into the camera.
Excerpt: As a nearly 500-page-long exploration of the insatiable sexual urges of a 14-year-old, rife with explicit gay sex, drug use, cross-dressing, and an overflowing, oversized cast of zany supporting characters, C.D. Payne’s cult novel Youth In Revolt poses formidable obstacles for cinematic adaptation. So perhaps it’s no surprise that Miguel Arteta’s well-intentioned film version feels simultaneously overstuffed and undercooked.
Conclusion: Twice the Michael Cera for the price of a single ticket. That's Youth in Revolt in a nutshell; it's got two times the Cera but it's still pretty much the same movie that his fans have seen several times before, and he plays the same character that he's played in those same movies. Fortunately, he's good at what he does, but dollars to donuts says that if he doesn't branch out in his next few films, people will tire of paying to see the same thing in every movie he makes,...