Movie Review: Youth in Revolt

Saturday, February 20, 2010
Synopsis: The journal of Nick Twisp, an 18-year old high school student, who goes on a quest to lose his virginity after his parent's breakup.

Starring: Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Jean Smart, Zach Galifianakis, Erik Knudsen
Directed by: Miguel
U.S. Rating: R

Youth in Revolt brings the story of Nick Twisp, a shy and nice teenager who has no luck with girls, at all. He lives in between two dysfunctional families, his dad with his young bimbo girlfriend, and his mother with his compulsive liar boyfriend. Nick leaves for a week with his mom and Jerry to stay in a cabin. There, he meets Sheeni, a sweet girl who is deeply in loved with France and everything related with its culture. It is love at first sight for Nick, but not for Sheeni. He had to work hard and be a "bad" boy to show her how much he loved her. In that internal fight for being a bolder and more impulsive person, Nick decides to create a supplementary persona named Francois. Francois leads him to get involved in some bizarre and bold situations that will help him to show her what he is capable to do just to get her attention and love, even if his actions put him to jail. He'll face a series of crazy events and meet some weird people that will make the film enjoyable and entertaining.

Personally,I'd consider Youth in Revolt a romantic and dark teen comedy that delivered a few really good and pleasant laughs. If I had to express my thoughts about this film, I'd say that it is a pretty simple, empty and lazy plot, with an amazing cast and a Michael Cera that has finally moved timidly from his comfort zone and has accepted his first role as a bad guy, breaking the image of the nice guy from movies like Superbad or Juno. The plot didn't sell it, but I believe that putting everything together made the difference. I only had a few good laughs, but really good ones. There was something that kept me interested and entertained through the whole film, I don't know what it was, but it definitely made the difference!

What did I like from this movie?

1. I enjoyed the dialogues, there were some hilarious comments and expressions
2. There were a few hilarious situations, especially those ones with Francois. The best one was with the car inside the house (If you haven't watched it yet, you'll think of me when you watch this scene)
3. Michael Cera playing Francois. It was good to finally watch him playing a different role

What did I dislike from this movie?

1. The plot was extremely lazy and empty

I would rate this movie with a 3/5

What did you like or dislike from this movie? What would you rate this movie?

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