Nick Twisp can be classified as unlucky in love. His mother has an endless pool of men to date, while his father was shacking up with a much younger woman. Really, all he cared about was losing his virginity. At an impromptu vacation at a trailer park, he meets Sheeni Saunders, the girl who could solve all his romantic woes. The problem is, he was only there for a week, hence the two have hatched a plan in order for him to stay with her forever. Enter his alter ego Francois, the persona Nick deemed to be the man of Sheeni's dreams - the French troublemaker.
Youth in Revolt plays on a silly pretense, yet the actions of Nick Twisp is enough to push the movie forward. He gets into all sorts of trouble just for this woman who was holding out on him. He sets a car and trailer on fire. He gets in trouble at her boarding school. He even tried to fake his own death, and dresses like a woman just to talk to her. Every scene was unbelievable as the next, and yet Cera's charm and determination wills the audience to buy into his audacity.
Yet, despite all of that, this was an enjoyable movie. Sure, there were tons of superfluous characters, such as Justin Long, who played Sheeni's stoner brother, or the slew of names that co-starred in this production. However, without them…well, it would just be a one man show. Which, in technicality, it was, since they were neither productive nor helpful in his woes.
If I were to describe a movie like a math problem, this would just be a line segment. There are two points, and there is nothing else in the plane that the line is sitting on. Youth in Revolt is exactly that. While it just has to reach the end point, the adventures he has to be with GIRL were sort of ludicrous (and he makes you think that he will be serving a long sentence) that it keeps you watching him. Michael Cera does play his stereotypical character here, but each movie is his own. It's different from his other works, but enjoyable just the same. It might not reach the heights of Superbad (although we have to admit Jonah Hill helmed that one) or Juno (ditto Ellen Page), but it doesn't merit to be looked past upon.
Final Word: The least known Michael Cera movie pre-transformation (This is the End, etc), but quite enjoyable.
Cast: Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Ray Liotta
Director: Miguel Arteta