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"You have to be bad, Nicki. Be very, very bad."
Youth in Revolt (DVD)
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Youth in Revolt (DVD)
Advantages: Brilliant acting from Cera, very funny and good to see Cera playing a different role
Disadvantages: Not as funny as I thought it was going to be
Nick Twisp is a friendly, quiet and somewhat nerdish teenager who lives with his doting mother and her loathsome boyfriend. On a family vacation, Nick meets the beautiful and carefree Sheeni Saunders and immediately falls in love with her.
Despite being told that his feelings aren't reciprocated, Nick will do anything to be with Sheeni. So he creates his own supplementary bad-boy persona named Francois Dillinger, who is confident, assertive and has an insatiable appetite for women and not doing what he's told. The fact that Sheeni has a boyfriend, lives miles away from his home and is moving to a different college won't stand in the way, and with the help of Francois, Nick starts getting into all kinds of trouble.
~ Cast ~
Nick Twisp and Francois Dillinger - Michael Cera
Sheeni Saunders - Portia Doubleday
Estelle Twisp - Jean Smart
Jerry - Zach Galifianakis
George Twisp - Steve Buscemi
Mr. Ferguson - Fred Willard
Lacey - Ari Graynor
Lance Wescott - Ray Liotta
Paul Saunders - Justin Long
I never used to enjoy the sort of comedy that Michael Cera is always in but over the last few years I've gradually got into a bit more and I now even quite look forward to his new films. This is no different to his usual genre of movies - it's silly, totally unrealistic and one that you need to take with a pinch of salt and an open attitude in order to actually enjoy it.
Michael Cera plays Nick Twisp, the leading role in this, and also one of the main supporting cast roles, Nick Twisp's alter-ego. This means that he has the majority of the screen time and most of the film is purely focused on him. Nick's character is exactly the same as every other character that Cera plays - geeky, quiet, shy, friendly and a bit of a loner. He plays these sorts of characters perfectly every time and I'd imagine that he is actually quite similar to this in real life.
His alter-ego or supplementary persona, Francois Dillinger, is a whole other matter though and is completely different to anything I've seen him playing before and I loved seeing him playing a different role to usual. Francois is confident, sophisticated, emotionless and, although he is still fairly quiet as Nick is, Francois is quiet with an aloof and self-assured nature and does not seem to care in the slightest about other people. It's great watching the two next to each other as Nick seems to always be very wary of what Francois is going to do next, whereas Francois seems to always be silently mocking Nick as he knows that he is not brave enough to do anything and this is the reason for Francois' existence.
The rest of the cast, despite there being some well-known names included, don't really matter in this film as Cera is the one who steals the whole show. They do give some good performances though and they add a good bit of comedy to it.
I was a little disappointed that this wasn't as funny as I thought it was going to be and not as funny as most of Cera's other films. Don't get me wrong, there is a lot of comedy in it and this is still the main genre of the movie, but there aren't any real laugh out loud, gives you stitches and makes you wet yourself moments like there have been in his other films. The majority of the comedy comes from the reactions and responses that Nick and Francois have towards one another and also from the supporting cast, especially Mr. Ferguson and Nick's Indian friend who provide some very comical moments.
Despite it not being quite as funny as I'd expected, I still did find myself laughing throughout and I did really enjoy it. Michael Cera is absolutely brilliant in this - it's his best acting performance in my opinion. This is definitely a film I'd recommend to any Cera fans or to fans of this general type of comedy movie.
Certificate rating: 15
Running time: 89 mins
Director: Miguel Arteta
Summary: A nerd creates a supplementary bad-boy persona to help him get the girl of his dreams.