Saturday, January 23, 2010

What I Think of: Youth In Revolt (2010)

This 2010 film adaptation by C.D. Payne by the same is directed by Miguel Arteta. The story follows Nick Twisp, played by lovable loser Michael Cera, in his teenage rebellion adventures. Nick is in love with Sheeni (Portia Doubleday) while on a family "vacation". He soon has to leave but concocts a plan with Sheeni to move into town so they can be together. Nick needs to conquer zany obstacles to prove his love to Sheeni and here we meet his alter ego, Fran├žois Dillinger.

This movie definitely has its funny points and his alter ego, Fran├žois is so ridiculous, you can't help but laugh. But overall, it fell a bit short for me. There weren't (m)any stand out moments and Cera still keeps playing Cera. I know it must be hard for him to not play himself but I'm a bit over it.

There also were cameos by Ray Liota, Steve Buscemi, Justin Long, and everyone's 'right now' funny guy, Zach Galifianakis. The director probably could have utilized Galifianakis and Buscemi more to his advantage. It may have helped.

This was a semi-funny, passable teen flick. Superbad, it is not.

-Penny

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