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Youth in Revolt (2009)

  • Rate: 6.6/10 total 32,803 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 8 January 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: Canada:90 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:90 min
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Youth in Revolt (2009)


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  • IMDb page: Youth in Revolt (2009)
  • Rate: 6.6/10 total 32,803 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 8 January 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: Canada:90 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:90 min
  • Filming Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
  • Budget: $18,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $15,281,286(USA)(21 March 2010)
  • Director: Miguel Arteta
  • Stars: Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday and Ray Liotta
  • Original Music By: John Swihart   
  • Soundtrack: Midnight Rendezvous
  • Sound Mix: Dolby | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Trailer | Dream Girl | Alter Ego | Teenage Boy | Friendship

Writing Credits By:

  • Gustin Nash (screenplay)
  • C.D. Payne (novel "Youth in Revolt: the Adventures of Nick Twisp")

Known Trivia

  • Justin Long plays Portia Doubleday’s (Sheeni) older brother in this film. In real life he dated her older sister Kaitlin Doubleday. The two also played a couple in the Waiting….
  • Nick Twisp’s eyes are brown. Francois Dillinger’s eyes are light blue.
  • Fran├žois talks dirty to Sheeni in the boarding school (“I want to tickle your bellybutton from the inside”, etc.) Director Miguel Arteta revealed on the commentary that all those lines came from researching internet porn sites.
  • Rooney Mara (Taggarty) originally auditioned for the role of Sheeni Saunders.

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: In the scene where Nick is writing a letter to Bernice, he writes right to left, not left to right, and he positions his hand in a way very common to left-handed people (with his wrist above the writing, so as not to smudge what he's already written with his hand).

Plot: While his trailer trash parents teeter on the edge of divorce, Nick Twisp sets his sights on dream girl Sheeni Saunders, hoping that she'll be the one to take away his virginity. Full summary »  »

Story: At 16, Nick Twisp is wry about his teen funk: he lives in Oakland with his sex-addled mother; his father's child support is her meal ticket. While camping in Ukiah, Nick meets Sheeni: for him, it's love at first sight. Nick has to figure out how to get his father a job in Ukiah, then how to get sent to live with his father, then how to get close to Sheeni, whose religious parents may want her sent away from temptation to a boarding school. There's also Sheeni's all-American boyfriend to contend with. Overwhelmed by the challenges, Nick's about to give up when he conjures an alter ego who whispers revolt into his ear. Nick is not altogether hapless, but can this end well?Written by <>  


Synopsis: Nick Twisp, a 16-year-old teen, who is forced to spend a week in "cabin" in a trailer park which isn’t a cabin, it’s a trailer. While staying the week there, Nick meets the girl of his (wet) dreams, Sheeni. Nick, a lonely virgin, who hasn’t kissed, held hands, or had sex with a girl. Sheeni and Nick suddenly become intimate and Sheeni admits her really tall, sexy, French, poet, and extremely smart boyfriend. While his mother and step-father where looking for a new trailer, Sheeni and Nick purchase a dog using a Subway coupon. The dog, Albert (pronounced Al-beare), is suddenly know as their love child. Sheeni is forced to get rid of Albert because of sins (of ripping up a bible), Nick takes Albert to live with him. Nick and Sheeni make a plan to stay together. Nick must be bad, SuperBad, to be able to live by Sheeni. When they arrive home, Jerry, Nick’s Step-Father, dies of a heart attack. His mother begins to date a cop. Nick decides that he must get to Sheeni as possible. Nick causes a city-disaster by setting his mother car on fire, so that he can live with his divorced father (who happens to live by Sheeni). While talking to Sheeni on the phone, Nick tells her all the bad things he did, but while admitting all the crimes; Sheeni’s mom was listening to it on the phone. When Nick arrives to Sheeni’s trailer, her mother tells him that he’s the devil and is going to hell and that Sheeni is getting sent to boarding school. Sheeni tells him that it is not punishment, it is helping her with her dream. Nick and his (newly) friend go on the road to get to Sheeni. When he arrives, he is invited to spend the night. Nick’s bad side is convincing him to have sex. The bad side took over his good side and they begin to have intercourse, but are caught and forced to leave. Nick sends a letter to a roommate/friend of Sheeni, that tells her to drug Sheeni with a sleeping pill so that kicked out of boarding school. When Sheeni finds out that Nick got her kicked out, she gets angry and hates him for it. Sheeni’s brother invites Nick over and Sheeni isn’t too happy. In the end, Nick comes over dressed a woman and Sheeni forgives him and they have make-up sex. Nick is caught by an boy who also loves Sheeni, and he calls the cops on Nick. Nick is arrested for 3-months (since he is a minor) and he knows Sheeni is the right girl for him.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • John A. Amicarella known as associate producer
  • Miranda Freiberg known as co-producer
  • Steve Longi known as co-producer
  • Nan Morales known as executive producer
  • Ben Ormand known as line producer: additional photography
  • David Permut known as producer
  • Bob Weinstein known as executive producer
  • Harvey Weinstein known as executive producer
  • Jordana Glick-Franzheim known as associate producer (uncredited)

FullCast & Crew:

  • Michael Cera known as Nick Twisp / Francois
  • Portia Doubleday known as Sheeni Saunders
  • Jean Smart known as Estelle Twisp
  • Zach Galifianakis known as Jerry
  • Erik Knudsen known as Lefty
  • Adhir Kalyan known as Vijay Joshi
  • Steve Buscemi known as George Twisp
  • Fred Willard known as Mr. Ferguson
  • Ari Graynor known as Lacey
  • Ray Liotta known as Lance Wescott
  • Justin Long known as Paul Saunders
  • Rooney Mara known as Taggarty
  • Jade Fusco known as Bernice Lynch
  • Lise Lacasse known as Matron
  • M. Emmet Walsh known as Mr. Saunders
  • Mary Kay Place known as Mrs. Saunders
  • Jonathan B. Wright known as Trent (as Jonathan Bradford Wright)
  • Michael Collins known as Old Man
  • Gregory F Anderson known as Sailor #1 (as Greg Anderson)
  • Connell Brown known as Sailor #2
  • Randall Godwin known as Officer #1
  • Tony Fanning known as Officer #2
  • Oscar the Dog known as Albert
  • Francine Roussel known as Headmistress
  • Chuy Chávez known as Illegal Immigrant #1
  • Miguel Arteta known as Illegal Immigrant #2
  • Bruce Lawson known as Officer A. Fanning
  • Sudhi Rajagopal known as Officer T. Cahill
  • Roz Music known as Store Clerk
  • Christa B. Allen known as Teenage Girl
  • Trevor Duke-Moretz known as Chad (as Trevor Duke)
  • JoAnn Fregalette Jansen known as Sheeni Consultant (as JoAnn Jansen)
  • Arnaud Crowther known as French Student #1
  • Danielle Nicole Czirmer known as French Student #2
  • Kyle Colton known as Student (uncredited)
  • Dan Eppley known as Student (uncredited)
  • Jimmy Mero known as Student (uncredited)
  • James Paul known as Street Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • C.D. Payne known as Neighbor on porch (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Merribelle Anderson known as department head hair: additional photography
  • Patricia Gundlach known as department head hair stylist
  • Susan Loveday known as additional hair stylist
  • Ann Marie Luddy known as key hair stylist
  • Roz Music known as makeup department head
  • Viola Rock known as key makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Dean Allison known as construction foreman: additional photography
  • Jo Andreas known as additional artwork
  • Adam Askew known as art production assistant: additional photography
  • Toni Auletti known as painter
  • Justin Ayers known as propmaker
  • Robert Ayers known as propmaker
  • Genevieve Bamberg known as lead scenic: additional; photography (as Genevieve Bamburg)
  • Trinity Bamburg known as scenic foreman: additional photography
  • Kristen Bicksler known as set decorator: additional photography
  • Andrew Birdzell known as set designer
  • Chuck Bitting known as propmaker: second unit (as Charles Bitting)
  • Jack Blanchard known as set dressing gang boss: second unit
  • William Bolton III known as props: additional photography
  • Bob Bowden known as props: additional photography
  • Michael Calabrese known as set dresser: additional photography
  • Clay Carter known as props: additional photography
  • Rob Chalk known as set dresser
  • Gary Champagne known as props: additional photography
  • Monique Champagne known as set decoration buyer
  • Scott Childers known as construction foreman: additional photography
  • Ronald Collins known as propmaker: second unit
  • April Crump known as set dresser: second unit
  • Patricia Dillon known as set dresser
  • Dan Duran known as set dresser (as Daniel P. Duran)
  • Scott Eagle known as set dresser
  • Alan Easley known as leadman: second unit
  • Wade Easley known as assistant props: additional photography
  • Jason Ebarb known as props: additional photography
  • Joshua L. Ellsworth known as propmaker: second unit (as Joshua Ellsworth)
  • Kathy Fennessy known as additional set decoration buyer
  • Kevin Gaspard known as graphic designer: additional photography
  • Gene Gibas known as set dresser (as Eugene Gibas)
  • Gregory F. Graves known as set dresser
  • Mark Hanks known as set dresser: second unit
  • Kerry Hardy known as painter: additional photography (as Kerry M. Hardy)
  • Shannon Harrelson known as set designer: additional photography
  • Jerry G. Henery known as construction coordinator: additional photography
  • Eric Herzog known as props: additional photography
  • Brian Hill known as propmaker: second unit
  • Judith Ivanyi known as painter (as Judith A. Ivanyi)
  • Ronald Ivey known as propmaker
  • Mark Jarnett known as propmaker
  • Jason Glenn Jimes known as painter: additional photography (as Jason G. Jimes)
  • Phillip Joffrion known as set dresser: additional photography
  • Eric Johnson known as additional artwork
  • Tom Jones Jr. known as construction coordinator: second unit
  • Jason Jones known as utility technician: additional photography
  • Joshua Jones known as propmaker: second unit
  • Gerard Kern known as construction gangboss: second unit
  • John Kinsora known as carpenter (as John L. Kinsora)
  • Robert Larriviere known as art department coordinator: additional photography
  • Charles Lawson known as set dresser
  • Doug Lederman known as painter
  • E.J. Levron Jr. known as set dresser: additional photography
  • Otto Lindsey known as set dresser
  • Jessica Lowe known as painter
  • Eric McDonald known as laborer
  • David Menefee known as gang boss
  • Dave Merry known as greensman: second unit
  • Shay Miller known as paint gangboss
  • Lance Newton known as carpenter
  • Don Noble known as painter
  • Matthew J. Norskog known as on-set dresser (as Matt Norskog)
  • Cory Parker known as on-set dresser: additional photography
  • Daryl Reeves known as carpenter: additional photography
  • Eric Rhodes known as greensman
  • Kim Richey known as assistant property master
  • Jessica Ripka known as art department coordinator
  • Ronald M. Roberts known as painter
  • Ernest Romine known as painter
  • Mark Sanger known as set dresser
  • Steve Sawhill known as lead person
  • Charles Seale known as construction foreman
  • Michael Smothers known as tool man
  • Michelle Spears known as property master
  • Barry Spencer known as construction gangboss: second unit
  • Greg Spencer known as general foreman: second unit
  • Jason W. Spradling known as carpenter (as Jason Spradling)
  • Annemarie Stoll known as painter
  • Wallace R. Symns known as lead greensman
  • Michael B. Todd known as painter: additional photography
  • John Tracey known as propmaker
  • Tom Ward known as construction coordinator
  • Penny Wesney known as painter: additional photography
  • Cary Whittaker known as swing gang: additional photography
  • Jesse Williams known as toolman: second unit
  • Eric Wolfe known as gang boss: additional photography
  • Jeri Woodward known as paint foreman
  • Randal Woodward known as lead scenic
  • Aaron Zorn known as art department production assistant
  • Pete Zwolinski known as carpenter
  • Shannon Denton known as storyboard artist (uncredited)
  • Ellen Lampl known as graphic designer (uncredited)
  • Marcus LaPorte known as props fabricator (uncredited)
  • Jason Oertling known as set dresser (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Dimension Films (presents)
  • Permut Presentations (as David Permut)
  • Shangri-La Entertainment

Other Companies:

  • Capitol Studio B  score mixing facility
  • Capitol Studios  score mixed at (as Capitol Studios B)
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Creative Gourmet  catering
  • Entertainment Clearances  rights and clearances
  • Glorioso Casting  additional casting: additional photography
  • Lakeshore Records  soundtrack
  • Movie Movers  cast trailers
  • Movie Movers  office trailer
  • Movie Movers  star trailers
  • Movie Movers  transportation
  • Paws for Effect  animal supervision
  • Paws for Effect  animals provided by
  • Proguard Security Services  security
  • R.C. Baral & Company  post-production accounting
  • Reder & Feig  production counsel
  • Rockbottom Rentals  cell phone rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  junxion box rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  walkie rentals
  • Scarlet Letters  end titles
  • Sonic Gravy Studio  score recording facility
  • Stubz Enterprises  police car rentals
  • Technicolor Digital Intermediates  digital intermediate
  • Todd-AO Studios  sound re-recording facility (as Todd-AO West)
  • Victory Stages  foley stage
  • Voice and Script International  dubbing


  • ARM Distribution (2010) (Taiwan) (theatrical)
  • Alliance Films (2010) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Bac Films (2010) (France) (theatrical)
  • Dimension Films (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Golden Village Pictures (2010) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Momentum Pictures (2010) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Paramount Pictures (2010) (UK) (theatrical)
  • A-Film Home Entertainment (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Castello Lopes Multimédia (2010) (Portugal) (all media)
  • Film1 (2010) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Roadshow Entertainment (2010) (Australia) (DVD)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2010) (Finland) (all media)
  • Showtime Networks (2010) (USA) (TV)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sundream Motion Pictures (2010) (Hong Kong) (DVD)
  • Weinstein Company, The



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Rods & Cones (visual effects)
  • Hornet (animation produced by)
  • Sluiszka / Hornet (end title animation)
  • Tyrrell FX & Rentals

Visual Effects by:

  • Rusty Ippolito known as 3D animator: Rods & Cones
  • Gray Marshall known as visual effects supervisor
  • Trent Shumway known as lead compositor: Rods & Cones
  • Renée Tymn known as compositor: Rods & Cones
  • Valerie Delahaye known as visual effects producer: make inc (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • France 11 September 2009 (Deauville American Film Festival)
  • Canada 15 September 2009 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • USA 13 October 2009 (Mill Valley Film Festival)
  • USA 3 November 2009 (AFI Film Festival)
  • USA 15 November 2009 (St. Louis International Film Festival)
  • USA 22 November 2009 (Starz Denver Film Festival)
  • USA 6 January 2010 (Hollywood, California) (premiere)
  • Canada 8 January 2010
  • USA 8 January 2010
  • Ireland 5 February 2010
  • UK 5 February 2010
  • Germany 15 February 2010 (Berlin International Film Festival)
  • Finland 24 February 2010 (limited)
  • Greece 25 March 2010
  • Singapore 15 April 2010
  • Iceland 23 April 2010
  • Portugal 20 May 2010
  • Sweden 28 May 2010
  • Denmark 10 June 2010
  • Finland 18 June 2010
  • Mexico 25 June 2010
  • France 8 July 2010 (Paris)
  • Netherlands 8 July 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Australia 22 July 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • France 1 September 2010
  • Brazil 20 October 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Argentina 22 December 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Hungary 23 March 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Spain 18 November 2011 (Gijón Film Festival)

MPAA: Rated R for sexual content, language and drug use



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. Mel Bauchman from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 5:09 am

    I enjoy Michael Cera as much as the next person; he's awkward andendearing and watching him fumble makes me feel better about myself.The thing about Michael Cera, is that all of the characters he plays…are Michael Cera.

    Well… except for Nick Twisp.

    It starts off with Nick masturbating; I hadn't seen the trailer priorto the TIFF premiere, and during that first scene I somehow startedhaving horrible flashbacks of Nick and Nora's Craptastic Adventure.

    4 minutes in, my mind was changed.

    The movie is filled to the brim with witticisms that I feared wouldfall flat with Cera's non-dimensional acting; I was surprised. Hemanaged to avoid turning sexual situations into awkward moments, andthe brilliantly written screen play kept the pace fast and…well,hilarious.

    The character is less naive than we're meant to believe; Nick Twispjust wants to belong, and his alter-ego Francois (Cera with a shadylooking 'stache) enables Nick to do that… it's like they've embarkedon that wild ride that we all wish we could take.

    There were SO MANY one liners that had the audience laughing, I thinkthat it's hard not to adore this movie.

    Seriously, I will be seeing it again.

  2. Joe_Regular from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 5:09 am

    This film is defiantly an "offbeat" comedy. The humour is mixedthroughout as though trying to please all audiences, combining cliché"teen movie" jokes with references to obscure films and literature,most likely lost on the average "American Pie" fan. The Tone isunbalanced and the narrative goes all over the place but I suppose thatis the point. Acting is well delivered from all, with Cera playing thesame socially awkward, insecure guy as usual (but what's wrong withthat, he's the right actor for the role)

    In short: The story is predictable but that's to be expected. Thedialogue between the two leads is interesting and enjoyable. Musicworks excellently throughout, fitting of each scene. Colour is usedwell. Cinematography is fine (the scene where the two meet is clichédbut always nice to see.) 5/10. Strong first act, but the rest of thefilm failed to sustain that level. Worth viewing at least once for fansof the Cera and/or the genre.

  3. Dan Franzen (dfranzen70) from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:09 am

    When you hear that Michael Cera will be playing yet another nerdyvirginal dweeb, your first reaction is likely to include a couple ofeyerolls and other dismissive motions. Here he plays an effete highschooler named Nick Twisp who thinks he's found the girl of his dreamsduring a lakefront vacation. Only to get the girl he needs to man upand become more dangerous, so he invents a subpersona named Francois, adashing lad full of derring-do. This black comedy has plenty of laughsamid a wacky, absurdist atmosphere.

    Nick Twisp. Great name for a fictional character; terrible name for areal person, I would think. Nick is into Frank Sinatra, his computer,and classic prose; he lives with his trailer-trash mom (Jean Smart) andher ne'er-do-well current boyfriend (played with laid-back zeal by ZachGalifianakis). Nick is as stammery as any other Michael Cera character,and his approach to the fairer sex is, unsurprisingly, ineffective.

    Things look up when he meets neighbor Sheeni Saunders (PortiaDoubleday, who is both enigmatic and ebullient as Sheeni), who'sgorgeous and fun to be with. It's not long before Nick decides Sheeni'sthe one for him. But it's quickly revealed that Sheeni already has aboyfriend, a real manly man named Trent. How can anyone played byMichael Cera compete with a guy named Trent? Easy – by inventing analter ego that gives voice to his rampaging id, a rogueish cad namedFrancois (because Sheeni loves French things). Francois allows Nick todo and say things that he'd never otherwise say.

    And that's when things really take off. The pleasure of this movie istwofold. First, Cera's delivery and the script by Gustin Nash gotogether like Forrest Gump and Jenny. The jokes are oftenlaugh-out-loud quality, and it's at least partly due to Cera'ssometimes-mumbled, frightened-rabbit replies. His funny lines areplayed straight, and somehow it works. Second, the absurd escalatingsituations in which Nick finds himself – as a result of his ownactions, it should be noted – are funny the same way Mr. Creosote'spredicament was funny in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. The stuffNick does at the behest of Francois to win Sheemi's heart are hilariousyet unlikely – and yet they ring true nonetheless.

    It also helps that Cera is supported by some damn funny actors:Galifianakis is a hoot in a somewhat dark role; Steve Buscemi playsNick's dad with vulgar intensity (as if he were a domesticated versionof Mr. Pink); Justin Long, of all people, is Sheeni's stoner olderbrother; M. Emmett Walsh (who's perhaps a tad too old to be the fatherof a teen) is Sheeni's dad; Mary Kay Place is the mom; Smart as Nick'smom; and Adhir Kalyan as a fellow student who helps Nick in his questfor Sheeni. Oh, and Fred Willard as a neighbor who likes to saveillegal immigrants from the INS.

    I know the word "quirky" is overused for oddball comedies today,particularly those starring Michael Cera (who, if he plays anotherNick, may as well dot his face with bloodied pieces of tissue paper),but this one outquirks most of them. Even with all the madness zoomingaround this film, at the heart of things is the love between a girl anda boy and the lengths either will go to protect that bond. This movieshould appeal to those who like offbeat romances.

  4. dejan8378 from Macedonia
    30 Mar 2012, 5:09 am

    It's a good thing that comedies are slowly coming out of thestereotypes like cliché characters, fake emotions and boring all happytoo long meaningless endings. Don't be fooled that this is movie forteens only; there is lot more here going on.

    Great transformation by Michael Cera, well developed main andsupporting characters and very funny appearances by excellent andproved actors. The story is simple but goes through many changes in itmaking it unique in its genre, successfully escaping the traps set bythe movies that have already told this story. This movie like theprevious ones has hilarious situations and that is the onlyresemblance, but apart from them it has developed romance, realemotions, smart and funny dialogs and is more mature.

  5. Movie_Muse_Reviews from IL, USA
    30 Mar 2012, 5:09 am

    Before you ever see the first shot of "Youth in Revolt," you knowwhat's going on. A repetitive motion sound is heard as well as theflipping of pages. Nick Twisp (Cera) is masturbating and almosteveryone in the theater knows it. Now that's testament to how far theR-rated comedy sexual revolution has come over the last decade, so it'snot surprising to see a film so unabashed about teenage sex let aloneone whose entire plot is driven by a teenager's zealous appetite toshed his virginity.

    The always soft-spoken and awkwardly verbose Cera plays yet anothercharacter that fits his mold in Twisp, a teenager with divorced parentswho loves Fellini films and vintage vinyl and really, really wants toget laid. It's a semi-romantic aspiration as well, but the depths towhich he'll let his hormones take him is at times even implausiblyabsurd.

    On vacation with his mother (Jean Smart) and her lover Jerry (ZachGalifianakis of "The Hangover"), Nick meets a perfect match in thedaughter of two devout Christian trailer park folks named SheeniSaunders and the two have an awkward but adorable summer fling.Newcomer Portia Doubleday makes an impression in this early portion ofthe film as Sheeni, teasing Nick and viewers with her poise and charm.When Nick has to go, he realizes their relationship (and his ascent tomanhood) is at risk. He devises a scheme to get his father to move toSheeni's town and his mother to get mad enough to send him to livethere. The only problem, is that for it to work, sweet and innocentNicky will have to be bad.

    Nick invents an alternate persona for himself, one based on Sheeni'sideal man. He's a blue- eyed mustached, chain-smoking Frenchman namedFrancois Dillinger and he's Nick without hesitation or reservation.Cera does wisely in agreeing to be in this film because of this alter-ego aspect. Having to be Francois pushes Cera out of that same oldwimpy character box and has him being frank — and really dirty — foronce. If Cera doesn't want to flame out in the near future, he'll needmore parts like this.

    From here on out, "Youth in Revolt" sort of tumbles into a teenagedaydream of all the insane things any good, normal kid would do forlove and sex — if it were all fiction. The creation of Francoisdoesn't exactly justify the ridiculous decisions Nick makes likeburning down half of Berkeley, California, for example. It's fun, butnot all that memorable.

    I've never read the C.D. Payne novel, but you can tell it was much moreextensive and that Gustin Nash had a hard time with the adaptation. Allthe events feel compressed, especially in the middle and last acts.Nothing builds gradually, it just gets stuck in. Some characters suchas Sheeni's drug-endorsing older brother (Justin Long) who's snuck intoward the end, feel important to the story in an intangible way, butdon't leave any particular impression.

    Nash's adaptation, despite having the comedic dialog down, lacks aclear interpretation of Payne's story by which to tailor itself. Inother words, deciding on one of the book's messages to craft theadaptation around might've helped eliminate certain parts of the storyand alleviate the cramming. Director Miguel Arteta picks up on somesubtler ideas such as how the many side characters act as insight on orinspire rebellious behavior, but they mostly get lost in the love storyand Nick's sexual coming-of-age.

    "Youth In Revolt" is an explicit teenage Rated-R comedy, but not araunchy one, which ultimately makes it more respectable than more thanhalf the genre off-the-bat. Much respect to The Weinstein Co. andDimension Films for not trying to taper back for a PG-13 considering Rcloses the film off to half its intended audience. At the same time,it's not as unique or genre-changing as Areta's indie stylings try andmake it out to be. Once again, audiences have grown accustomed to anassortment of male genital references and open discussion about sex.But there are some good performances from young actors and cleverdialog in "Youth in Revolt" and it deserves a viewing.

    ~Steven C

  6. Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California
    30 Mar 2012, 5:09 am

    'Youth in Revolt' adapts the first three volumes of C.D. Payne'ssix-book series about Nick Twist, a smart and, in his own opinionanyway, more-than-usually horny 14-year-old in Oakland ("a large,torpid city across from San Frandisco") who reports in daily journalform on a series of adventures encountered on the way to losing hisvirginity, despite the obstacles set up by his irresponsible divorcedparents. Ironically, though pointed at today's young teens, 'Revolt's'R rating excludes them — though the books are far more sexuallyexplicit. Whether somehow this will become a cult movie via Netflix ishard to say. It's pretty faithful to the books, leaving out lots, butadding or changing little. Unfortunately Arteta's flat direction, andfocus on the action aspects — an accident, a fire, a botched fakesuicide, invasion of the girls' dorm of a French-language prep schoolin Santa Cruz — excises much of the self-satisfied wit of the booksand Nick's one flourish, his intellectual and literary showing off. Thefilm necessarily loses the flavor of a day-to-day-journal, though mostof the characters tend to talk in the same ornate, overly-polite styleas Nick's entries.

    C.D. Payne is no Salinger. His books serve as page-turners for youngreaders, but they're nothing special. There's a curious sense of beingout of time. Is this the Nineties, when the books were begun?– or theyouth of Payne himself, who was born in 1949? Nick's girlfriend Sheeni(Portia Doubleday)'s fascination with Belmondo, chanteur SergeGainsbourg, and the existentialists, — and the general innocence ofthe behavior — would suggest earlier days, but in the movie, peoplehave cell phones, and a prevalance of 'shrooms and blunts makes thispost-Breathless (francophile Sheeni's favorite movie). The main pointwas to keep the incidents coming, and Payne went on with "The FurtherJournals" and finally the adventures of Twist's younger brother.

    Young Canadian actor Michael Cera, the star of Miguel Arteta'sadaptation of this movie, who's now twenty-one, was already a TVveteran before he was ten. Though he appeared in many episodes of thecable series "Arrested Development," and in retrospect we realize heplayed the young Chuck Barris in George Clooney's droll ramble'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,' he reached a kind of nerdy, adorablemega-stardom only a couple years ago with two big hits, 'Juno' and'Superbad,' followed by the equally charming if less seen 'Nick andNora's Infinite Playlist.'

    What has Mike done with his stardom? Well, he played opposite JackBlack in Harold Ramis' slapstick (and generally panned) prehistoriccomedy 'Year One' and co-starred with his now ex-girlfriend Charlene Yiin the poorly received 'Paper Heart.'

    Cera has good timing and is adept at delivering lines, which makes himwell suited for comedy. His limitations in other areas appear in thisnew outing. He's both the hero and voice-over narrator, Nick Twist andNick's bolder and more dashing imaginary alter ego, Francois, who goadshim on to bolder action. There is a certain nonchalance in the flatstyle. Under ideal circumstances it might seem elegant. If you could benerdy and cool at the same time Michael Cera is it, and girls do findhim cute. He rarely appears anything but relaxed. But the high-pitchedvoice is inexpressive. The range is from A to B, and this ishighlighted by how little success Cera has in making Francois seem anydifferent from Nick, despite a little mustache, tight pants, and a lotof cigarettes (amusingly, puffed on even while running fast through thewoods, while Nick lags clumsily behind). With this new performance,Cera continues to seem enormously appealing, but for conventionalstarring roles, cripplingly limited. He's just too pale and bland andandrogynous, and the more he's cast as a horny guy the more far-fetchedthat seems. Anything with him in it seems de-fanged.

    Maybe it doesn't matter. You either get it or you don't, and there areplenty of young readers who insist these are "the best books ever."This is as good a time as any for some lighthearted teenage adventures.(The adaptation was co-written by Gustin Nash, the guy who did 'CharlieBartlett,' a so-so movie about a young high school entrepreneurstarring Anton Yelchin.)

    'Youth in Revolt' casts some veritable cult actors, who include M.Emmett Walsh as Sheeni's born-again-Christian dad and Mary Kay Place asher mom, Steve Buscemi as Nick's dad, Ray Liotta as a cop who getsinvolved with his floozy mom (Jean Smart). But the presence of suchmemorable thespians only emphasizes how little developed theircharacters are. I liked relative newcomer Adhir Kalyan as Veejay,Nick's erudite school friend and fellow would-be seducer of women: hegives his lines some juice. Best of all is Justin Long, who slides intothe scene as Sheeni's sly older brother. He is the only unexpectedcharacter. Long can always do a lot with a small part, and when he getsa bigger one, like in Raimi's recent old-fashioned horror movie 'DragMe to Hell,' he can be equally appealing. And there are others, such ascomedy veteran Fred Willard as an excessively good-hearted neighbor.

    The director, Miguel Arteta, did annoying but memorable work withwriter Mike White in 'Chuck and Buck,' and the pair made something verydroll in 'The Good Girl.' One wonders if Arteta was the ideal person todo this job. He seems just to be walking through it.

    The Eighties were the time of the movies that celebrated youth and itsmany voices, ranging from S.E. Hinton and 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' tothe dark Alpha Girl portraiture of 'Heathers,' and John Hughes'classics. This lacks their warmth and bite.

    But I still like Cera, and as has been said by a preview audiencemember, "His fans will be in heaven" with this.

  7. gigan-92 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:09 am

    Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed this film, laughed throughout in fact,but as a whole I have to be critical. Including in comparison to otherfilms similar to its nature and when it comes to films involving teensand sex, there are many to choose from. It's been a done a milliontimes, so it's nice to see refreshing and moderately realistic scenarioand character interaction, like that of "Superbad" or "Juno". The cast,for one thing is damn amazing. There are many excellent actors, likeSteve Buscemi and Ray Liotta, both did wonderfully. Zack Galifianakisand Justin Long were very well into their characters and I loved themon screen. "I've seen a past life." A lot of the characters arepretty memorable, an aspect I enjoyed. I enjoyed seeing the characterinteraction which is the key to film-making at the base of it all. ButMichael Cera as the awkward-nobody is beyond overdone. Sorry, but atthis point I've seen too many times. Only when he's donning theFrancois persona do I admire his performance and really embrace him asa character.

    Not to mention the whole plot a glance makes his character seem ratherpathetic really. He steals cars, travels hundreds of miles, sabotagesthe girl's education, among many other ridiculous things all for onegirl who half the time doesn't really seem to care about him that much.It's a love story I just can't connect despite my attempts to. So checkthis one out for some crude laughs but not a masterpiece by any means.


  8. the_rattlesnake25 from Sheffield, UK
    30 Mar 2012, 5:09 am

    Nick Twisp (Michael Cera) is sixteen years old, his parents areseparated, his closest friend his having a midlife crisis over thirtyyears too early and all he can think about is the fact that he hasn'tlost his virginity yet. He is almost the common replica of thestereotypical teenage boy, except for the fact that he enjoys the filmsof Fellini and Godard. Everything changes however for Nick when abrief, chance move from his lonely hometown of Oakland to a religiousmobile trailer park in the small city of Ukiah brings him face to facewith Sheeni Saunders (Portia Doubleday) – who is unequivocally the loveof his life. But when his family moves back to Oakland, Nick mustinvent a supplementary 'bad-boy' persona within himself named Francois(he has a moustache, and enjoys the occasional smoke), who would bewilling to cause the mayhem Nick wouldn't. Francois's central objectiveis to get Nick kicked out of his dysfunctional home in Oakland, whichhe shares with his emotionally fragile mother (Jean Smart), andreunited with Sheeni, with the intention of living happily ever after(while also losing his virginity).

    'Youth in Revolt', is another hip, quirky comedy in which Michael Cerais given centre-stage in which to showcase abilities, however, he musttread cautiously in the future as he is dangerously close to becomingtypecast (Superbad, Juno) as the desolate, yet intellectual teenage boyjust looking to release his sexual burden. Cera and Doubleday carry thefilm along nicely, and provide some very humorous on-screen chemistry,especially during the sequences involving very awkward circumstances –i.e. when Nick is asked to place a small amount of sun cream onSheeni's back during a trip to the beach. Portia Doubleday inparticular shines as unknown actress thrust into the supporting actressslot alongside Michael Cera. She works with a particular grace, andmaturity that makes her performance at times overshadow that of theexperience Cera.

    While aside from these two characters, Arteta's film also has anextensive A-list cast on show who take a backseat to the main story andoccasionally chime in during the various convoluted sub-plots on show.Steve Buscemi is Nick's jobless father George Twisp, Zack Galifianakisis Nick's mothers first boyfriend Jerry who should never be let outaround the Navy, and Ray Liotta plays Officer Wescott, a fascistpoliceman who also starts dating Nick's mother and becomes somewhatresponsible for Nick's downfall. Fred Willard (Mr Ferguson), JustinLong (Paul Saunders) and M. Emmet Walsh (Mr Saunders) also make anappearance in the extensive cast. Despite this list containing the'whose who' of Hollywood Boulevard, I was surprised to see that certainnarrative arcs were ignored. For instance, if the relationship betweenNick and his father was expanded upon, it would have provided furthersubstance to the film and the characters themselves. Though,unfortunately we are left filling in the majority of the gapsourselves.

    Miguel Arteta has created a very funny and witty film in 'Youth inRevolt,' that despite having its flaws and areas in which it could haveimproved upon, ultimately prevails as another competent coming-of-ageteen-flick that is centred around the holiest of teenage sanctities:sexual intercourse. The amusing remarks, awkward sexual situations, andhardcore French supplementary personas are all there creating anothercomfortable vehicle for Cera, to drive to a French Boarding School.

  9. mcsheehey from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:09 am

    "Youth in Revolt" is original. It's not quite like any "teen movie"I've ever seen. Just as its source material offered a fresh twist tothe dork-meets-girl scenario in ink, the film offers the twist onscreen.

    "Youth in Revolt" centers on unconventional teenage rebels; thesearen't the hoodlums you'd expect to see smoking pot on street corners.In fact, these characters are essentially adults trapped in awkwardteenage frames. They have sophisticated tastes and profound desires,but they also carry themselves clumsily and desperately try to shedtheir virginity. This mature immaturity makes both Nick (Cera) andSheeni (Doubleday), along with a number of minor characters they meetthroughout the film, compelling and unique human beings.

    As Nick Twisp, Michael Cera carries the film. His awkwardly clevernarration provides for fairly consistent laughter, and his quest forSheeni's heart puts him through a dramatic ringer. As good as Cera isas lovable loser Nick, nothing can prepare the audience for his work asTwisp's alter-ego: Francois Dillinger. Dillinger is the anti-Nick,which also makes him the anti-Michael Cera, but Cera pulls off hisboldness and iron will hilariously. Cera's dual performance keeps thefilm fresh when it begins to get a little dull.

    As Sheeni, the primary love interest, Portia Doubleday concocts anunconventional leading lady. She seems to embody every characteristicof the female teenager at the same time, and it's not hard to see whyNick would idolize her.

    The film focuses on Cera and Doubleday for the most part, and theirrelationship is strange, and therefore refreshing. Clichés are avoided,unexpected roadblocks pop up, and teenage love rears its ugly,fascinating face. The romance seems real, as well as funny.

    When 'Youth in Revolt" turns its focus away from the youths, it'shit-or-miss. Jean Smart is fine as Cera's aloof mother, but thecharacter itself is one-dimensional and strangely conventional for sucha nonconformist movie. Steve Buscemi is fine as the father, but he'snot given much to do. The standouts among the supporting playersinclude Fred Willard as an immigrant-phile, Justin Long as Sheeni'sstoner brother, Mary Kay Place as Sheeni's Bible-wielding mother, andthe two unknowns who portray Nick's friends, Lefty and BJ.

    Aside from a couple of intentionally quirky animated sequences and oneor two clichéd stock characters, "Youth in Revolt" plays by its ownrules, and it wins marvelously.

  10. itamarscomix from Israel
    30 Mar 2012, 5:09 am

    Dear viewers: the makers of Youth in Revolt would like you to know thatthey really want you to like their movie. They're willing to dowhatever it takes. They'll give you juvenile sex jokes, partial nudity(but nothing too raunchy that might offend somebody and lose a vote),explosions, they'll give you names of philosophers, hints ofsophisticated subtext, references to classic literature and quirkyanimation sequences, they'll hire top character actors and give themabsolutely nothing interesting to do.

    Youth in Revolt tries so hard to appeal to everybody that it losesitself along the way. It vies to be the darling of indie-lovinghipsters and hormone-addled adolescents at the same time, or in otherwords it tries to appeal to the Juno crowd and the American Pie crowd,but it doesn't manage to feel as quirkily likable as Juno or even thelesser 500 Days of Summer; it's also far too dark to fit in thatcategory. For a run-of-the-mill teen sex comedy, on the other hand, thedialog, very clearly meant to tell the viewer that it's an intelligentmovie for intelligent people, but clearly written with a thesaurusclose at hand, feels clumsy and out of place. It doesn't help that mostof the actors, Portia Doubleday most of all, clearly have no idea whatthe names and words they're saying actually mean. The film, in fact,stands out as one of the worst cases of bad line delivery I've seen ina while, which is jarring in a movie that evidently has a decent budgetand high production values.

    The acting is a real waste too. Michael Cera has been playing the samecharacter for nearly a decade now, and he generally gets away with it,mainly because he's adorably awkward enough to make the characterslikable. It doesn't work this time, though; Nick comes off as enegotistical, whiny hypocrite who gets no love from the audience, andwhen he's playing his alter ego 'Francois' – well, let's say I'mstarting to doubt that the kid has as much potential as I once thoughthe did. Cera doesn't take a lesson from Peter Sellers, Kevin Kline,Christian Bale, hell, even Jerry Lewis – all of whom played multiplecharacters in one movie and made it work. Nick is Michael Cera playinghimself, Francois is Michael Cera playing himself pretending to besomeone else, poorly. And while Nick is hypocritical is annoying,Portia Doubleday's character is spoiled, manipulative and deserveseverything that happens to her. It's really a bad sign when you'rewatching a romantic comedy and rooting for the protagonists to not endup together.

    On top of which you have a bunch of excellent character actors andindie darlings who go to complete waste. Zach Galifianakis isn't funny,Steve Buscemi is bland and dry, Ray Liotta does nothing and M. EmmetWalsh clearly has no idea what he's doing there. The best acting in thewhole movie comes from Fred Willard, all two minutes of it, which is ashame because his character had more promise than anything else in amovie.

    I guess a lot of people enjoyed this movie, and there's no accountingfor taste, but in my opinion Youth in Revolt was so manipulative andpathetic that a couple of funny moments and a professional productionweren't nearly enough to make me glad I spent 90 minutes on it.

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