director: Miguel Arteta
writer: Gustin Nash
starring: Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Jean Smart, Zach Galifanakis
released: January 8, 2010 (U.S.)
based on the novel: Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp by C.D. Payne
How many films a year do most of us get to see that are actually funny? Not many is the the truth due to the fact that's It's difficult to please someone when your dealing with comedy than if it was drama or action. My humor is drastically different than everyone else and vice versa. Youth in Revolt is not a laugh out loud kind of comedy. Its not going to make everyone laugh. But its one of those films that has a superbly well written script with many jokes, incredible dialogue and a fantastic funny cast.
Nick Twisp (Michael Cera) is your typical youth. Quite, smart and alone. Everything and everyone is against him in his life as a teenager. Family, girls, justice nothing goes right for him. When his Mom (Jean Smart) and boyfriend Jerry (Zack Galifanakis) decide to take a trip to a trailer lodge, Nick finally finds meaning in his life in a girl. That girl is Sheeni (Portia Doubleday). In Sheeni he will find everything he could ever want in a woman beauty, elegance, style all in one sophisticated, smart girl that's into him. But as with every love you have to fight to keep it going. But this love isn't as easy as he hoped. He will have to get through Sheeni's parents, ex-boyfriend and his own family situation to be with her. To accomplish this he brews the new him in the persona Francois to be a better man and evil enough to get to his goal.
Where Youth in Revolt gets it right is in it's script. The dialogue is superb. The level of sophistication in the writing clearly defines the characters threw the dialogue and comes out beautifully threw the actors performances. Me personally I couldn't stop laughing with Michael Cera delivery of evil lines. I love when humor comes out of words than just action or fart jokes. Its more difficult to make you laugh with just words.
Besides the script the film is the Michael Cera show. Many people wondered if he could manage to play different roles besides the quiet adorable type which he's known for. Evidence is right here. His portrayal of his evil self and even of the quiet self is perfect. He is not your pretty boy Zac Efron or your dramatic young man actor Paul Dano. He your right mix of both where he can lead a film in many directions. Case in point his new film that will come out soon Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.
Youth in Revolt is one of those films that you never really thought anything of and actually is better than you'd expect. From Michael Cera's performance, to the outstanding cast and the great script the film dosen't disappoint. Youth in Revolt is one of the best comedies of the year. Enjoy!