Michael Cera yet again plays an awkward high school boy who can’t get laid, only this time, he creates an alter ego who helps him get the girl and into a whole lot of trouble. Youth in Revolt is a surprisingly fresh take on a much seen before story about a boy who falls in love with a girl that’s out of his league. With great performances and a number of amazing guest appearances it’s a great pick if you’re looking for something both smart and funny…
- Director: Miguel Arteta
- Writer: Gustin Nash (screenplay) and C.D. Payne (novel)
- Actors: Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Jean Smart, Zach Galifianakis, Steve Buscemi, Fred Willard, Ray Liotta, Justin Long and Ari Graynor
- Music: John Swihart
- Animation Director of Photography: Ivan Abel
Nick Twisp is a teen who loves Sinatra, Fellini, and never gets any. He falls in love with the beautiful, free-spirited neighbor on a trip out of town and will do anything to be near her again. Sadly he can’t do it alone, he needs his alter ego Francois, a capri wearing, chain smoking Frenchmen to help him get the job down.
- Animation: The film begins with a great stop-frame animation and goes back to it whenever needed. It was extremely well done and well used to help the story when needed. It gave it that perfect handmade touch that it needed.
- Michael Cera: Yet again, Cera excels as the nerdy high school boy who wants to get laid but just can’t figure out how. He was phenomenal as this character in “Arrested Development” and he still is. I can’t help but be a little curious as to when he’ll stop playing a teenager seeing as he’s in his 20′s now. At least we get to see him tackle a different character when Twisp’s alter ego Francois comes out. He shows that he definitely has potential for different types of characters, now if someone would just give him a chance and cast him in something different.
- Music: It’s great to see a film take risks and succeed. Their score is in no way typical but it lends itself perfectly to the film. It’s fun, quirky, and off the wall in all the right ways.
- Screenplay: The film played with a lot of cliches in a fun and interesting ways and was able to create it’s own individuality through a multitude of story-lines that we’ve seen before. It’s a bit zany and eccentric, but well organized, and not without a sweet, cheesy message.
- Guest Appearances: You can always tell a quality film when people like Steve Buscemi, Justin Long, or Ray Liotta show up for a couple of scenes just to lend there support. It’s good for the film and fun to watch great actors in solid comedic roles.
Nothing in this movie was “bad” there were just some choices that seemed a little odd to me….
- Slow-Mo: They used slow motion a number of times to help emphasize certain comedic moments. At times they used it perfectly and it got huge laughs from the audience. Others times, it just felt odd and like they were buying time when they didn’t need to. It almost felt like they were taking the slow-mo a little too seriously instead of letting it be what it needed to be… the cue for a big laugh.
- Dialogue: Much like right after watching Juno for the first time, there’s a part of me that loves the dialogue for being so convoluted and another part that can’t stand it because it constantly takes you out of the moment because you can’t help but notice it. It’s a toss up.
The film is fun, easy to watch, and definitely has moments that you won’t soon forget. The performances are amazing across the board and for those of you looking for something different and enjoyable to watch, this is definitely a great film for you.
In theaters starting January 8th!
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