Review: Youth In Revolt, Jan 12, 2010Directed by: Miguel Arteta

Screenplay by Gustin Nash

In all honesty, this poster doesn’t promise much. But don’t we just hate it when a movie’s bark doesn’t match it’s bite.

If this movie is any precursor for what is to come in the first 2 months of the year, the average movie goer may be able to hold themselves over till the hot spring releases. Youth in Revolt is the quirky movie based on C.D. Payne’s novel by the same name.

Nick Twisp is an odd, sixteen-year-old virgin living a less than perfect life in an unrecognizable Oakland, California. And the dysfunction knows no end:  A mother living with her loser boyfriend (played by The Hangerover’s Zach Galifianakis), an unemployed father living with his 25-year-old girlfriend, and sex deprived best friend mulling over a girl he’s admired since the 3rd grade. Despite the characters around him, Nick manages to bring a mundane humor to the events in his life.

After his mother’s boyfriend upsets a few sailors by selling them a “lemon”, he uproots them to Ukiah for a “vacation”. There, Nick meets Sheeni Saunders, a girl just as complicated as he needs. The adventure begins when he finds himself with a growing criminal record and a new alias, Francois Dillinger. The laughs come steady in this comedy and while you may be void of friends with crooked members, you may still find something in common with the hero.

Set mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area, Youth in Revolt brings some humor to an ‘off the wall” coming of age story. Though the movie strays from the original novel, much can be said for it’s portrayal and it’s cast. Michael Cera carries this movie on his own playing the under dog, Nick. The film also features some recognizable names like Steve Buscemi, Jean Smart, and Justin Long. Mr. Ray Liotta makes an appearance playing, yet again, a cop.

This film comes recommended if you are looking for a comedy with reasonable amounts of male, sexual humor. It also won me over due to it’s hour and half length. Definitely worth a glance.


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