Youth in Revolt

Youth in Revolt

Miguel Arteta (2009)

89min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
In this sharp-tongued coming-of-age comedy from director Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl), Michael Cera stars as timid, Sinatra-loving teen Nick Twisp, who's desperate to lose his virginity. However, when he falls for Sheeni (Portia Doubleday), the free-spirited girl of his dreams, he realises he'll need to develop a rebellious streak to win her heart. Enter Francois Dillinger (Cera again), a moustachioed, chain-smoking, bad-boy alter ego who leads Nick on a trail of destruction that wrecks relationships, cars and a sizeable chunk of his home town. Gustin Nash's script takes several well-aimed pot shots at typical teen-movie conventions, but has the tendency to occasionally wallow in the crude humour of the American Pie films. Cera plays Nick with the same deadpan bewildered charm that served him well in Juno and TV's Arrested Development, and there are hilarious cameos from Fred Willard as a peacenik neighbour and Justin Long as Sheeni's drug-addled brother.

Summary

Awkward 16-year-old Nick Twisp meets the girl of his dreams while on holiday in a caravan park. When the time comes for him to return home, she advises him to become a rebel so he is sent away from his parents and he can move close to her. Nick adopts a bad-boy alter-ego to help him with his misdeeds, but it is not long before events begin to spiral out of control. Comedy based on the novel by CD Nash, starring Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Jean Smart, Zach Galifianakis, Erik Knudsen and Adhir Kalyan.

Cast & Crew

Nick Twisp / Francois Dillinger Michael Cera
George Twisp Steve Buscemi
Sheeni Saunders Portia Doubleday
Estelle Twisp Jean Smart
Jerry Zach Galifianakis
Paul Saunders Justin Long
Lance Westcott Ray Liotta
Lefty Erik Knudsen
Mr Ferguson Fred Willard
Mr Saunders M Emmet Walsh
Mrs Saunders Mary Kay Place
Lacey Ari Graynor
Director Miguel Arteta
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Momentum PicturesGuidance: Swearing, sex scenes and drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 5 Feb 2010
Comedy