YOUTH IN REVOLT

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
JUNE 22, 2010

“In the movies the good guy gets the girl. In real life it’s usually the prick.”

—Nick Twisp and Francois Dillinger (Michael Cera)

From the poster or the cover art, you could mistake “Youth In Revolt” as just another comedy, but actually view it and the film becomes so much more. Michael Cera’s prowess in the film is unmatched by any performance of his to-date. Cera has become his own genre of actor. The dialogue in the film is set to his uniquely awkward character (close to the Jesse Eisenberg delivery); the downtrodden, gutless nobody. Toss on the flame of his new persona, François, and this film takes on a life of its own. The quick and witty dialogue is what sets this film apart from say “Superbad” or “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist.” In a nutshell: a great, subtle, comedic performance from Cera.

For a comedy, this film had gorgeous shot selection. The ultimate shot occurs when Cera flees from the police, breaking off the main road into the forest. With the sun shining through the trees and the angle of the camera, this film becomes more than just a run-of-the-mill over-the-top comedy. The cast rounds off nicely with Zach Galifinakis, Ray Liotta, Justin Long, & Steve Buscemi as just some of the hilarious cast in the film. Portia Doubleday has a nice breakthrough performance as the love interest and I look forward to seeing her future work. Though the film catches moments of a raunchy comedy with an opening credits masturbation sequence and Kama Sutra figures come to life, the film stays on the lines of subtle comedy, in the same realm as “Orange County,” with Colin Hanks & Jack Black, yet a touch more racy.

RELEASE DATE
January 9, 2010

DIRECTOR
Miguel Arteta

WRITTEN BY
Gustin Nash

BASED ON
“Youth In Revolt” by C.D. Payne

STUDIO
Dimension Films

R
(for sexual content, language and drug use)

COMEDY
DRAMA
ROMANCE

90 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Chuy Chávez

COMPOSER
John Swihart

EDITOR
Pamela Martin
Andy Keir

CAST
Michael Cera
Portia Doubleday
Jean Smart
Mary Kay Place
Zach Galifianakis
Justin Long
Ray Liotta
Steve Buscemi
Rooney Mara
Fred Willard
Ari Graynor

PRODUCED BY
David Permut

BUDGET
$18 million

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