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  • Actors: Michael Cera, Jean Smart, M. Emmet Walsh, Justin Long, Portia Doubleday
  • Directors: Miguel Arteta
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 12 July 2010
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003903SPW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,830 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Michael Cera stars in this offbeat coming-of-age comedy based on the series of teen novels by CD Payne. 16-year-old Nick Twisp (Cera) is a teenage smalltown outcast who is as obsessed by Fellini, Serge Gainsbourg and existentialism as he is with disposing of his virginity as soon as possible. During a temporary relocation from his hometown to a distant trailer park he meets the beautiful and intelligent Sheeni Saunders (Portia Doubleday), and is soon besotted. Standing in his way are Sheeni's jealous ex-boyfriend Trent (Jonathan B. Wright) and Nick's recently divorced parents (Steve Buscemi and Jean Smart), not to mention Nick's mother's boyfriends (Zach Galifianakis and Ray Liotta). To attract Sheeni's attention Nick develops a bad boy Gallic alter-ego called Francois - but the path of true love never runs smooth, even for the French...

Synopsis

SUPERBAD's Michael Cera discovers a vacation romance in YOUTH IN REVOLT, a teen comedy from CHARLIE BARTLETT's screenwriter, Gustin Nash, and director Miguel Arteta (CHUCK AND BUCK). The film is an adaptation of C.D. Payne's first book in a series of best-selling satirical novels starring Nick Twisp, a sexually charged 14-year-old whose intelligence and hormones get him into all sorts of adventures. --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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Michael Cera fans, this is another movie were he does his awkward geek act (except with added bad behaviour...) so expect no surprises her...
The story follows 16yr old Nick Twisp, a highly intellectual Sinatra fan from a troubled family background who meets Sheeni Saunders, a bright, like-minded Francophile from a well-to-do family who encourages Nick to become more rebellious and criminal if they want to be together. To do this, Nick is aided by his self-devised alter-ego, Francois who Nick acts out his frustrations. With varying degrees of success.
The film is based on the first 3 Youth in Revolt novels, and a few of the differences are startling considering. The book Nick is 13yrs old, a lot more crass, a lot more frustrated and angry, and by all accounts a lot more anarchic and fun. The film Nick is the Cera-ised version (not actually a bad thing...) were Nick seems more of a sensitive, neurotic, put-upon (unknowingly) hipster. The act can be a bit cloying (as well as grating), but its a lot less of a stretch in believable terms (and considering most of the things Nick gets up to in the book, oh dear...). If anything, the script should've been there for Cera to cut loose (he can do dark and angry, considering his recent roles...)
The film does move at a fairly slow pace and theres a few funny moments along the way (the script lacks the bite and the truly LOL moments though...), and you'll be playing spot the star cameo and appearances along the way too. Its best watched as a diversion really, its not a bad film, it feels more of a missed chance. It just could have been so much better considering the source material.
I watched the film first, it made me wan to read the book. Anyone who read the book first and enjoyed it, best not watch this...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ROGER BARLOW on 27 April 2014
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seems to get a few dodgy reviews but its a nice funny coming of age movie with some thought provoking moments. with the price of a dvd these days its a good value for money
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SilentSinger TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Oct. 2010
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I am a bit of a fan of Michael Cera although the does tend to play the same character in all the films that he's in, although this may be the fault of casting directors rather than the actor himself. This film's plot is based around 16-year-old self-confessed nerd called Nick Twisp whose dysfunctional mother's boyfriend's antics force them to holiday in a trailer park where he meets the beautiful and intellectual Sheemi whose interests complement his own, she is a bit of a francophile which leads Twisp to create a cooler French alter-ego called Francois Dillinger whose twisted plan to capture Sheeni's heart leads to a series of comic situations.

I did enjoy this film and the acting from a talented cast which included Portia Doubleday (Sheeni), Jean Smart (Mrs Twisp), Ray Liotta (one of Mrs Twisp's boyfriends) and Steve Buscemi as his estranged father all gave excellent performances. Some of it was fairly unbelievable at times, but entertaining all the same. I did love the scenes with Viyay, Nick's friend from high school, as he was very entertaining indeed.

A good film to watch if you're a fan of Michael Cera and at 88 minutes, it's short and sharp enough to maintain your interest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark B on 10 Feb. 2013
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Michael Cera is a fantastic actor, this flick moves at a very enjoyable pace and cements Michael as one of America's best young actors around today.
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Usually, Michael Cera plays that socially and sexually awkward teen that we've all seen in Superbad, Scott Pilgrim and Nick and Norah's infinite playlist. However, In youth in revolt we still see Cera's awkward side and then he later becomes rebellious. We see things that we wouldn't usually expect of Michael Cera and that's a good thing. I recommend this film because we see the transition of awkward teen to badass.
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By Greg Evans on 16 Feb. 2013
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Very good film at a good price. If you haven't seen this film i would suggest it, Michael Cera at his best.
Dvd took longer than I thought it would to arrive but hey ho.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. T. Greenhough on 20 Jan. 2011
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Having this highly recommended to me by a friend I was very eager to watch this, perhaps the hype was what made my first viewing of the film a relatively laugh free experience. But there was something about this film, a charm, that made me compelled to give it a second chance. And I must say I'm rather glad I did.

This little gem of an indie teen comedy is, in my opinion, just what this dying genre of "teen comedies" needed. Yes it some times falls flat, but luckily this film has enough of an original slant and charm to keep it trudging along until the end.

Overall I think it is a very sweet and funny movie. Yes, it has major flaws, however there is something about this film that I really like, and continue to like. I would highly recommend this film if you want to sit back and have a nice little movie to finish a long day.

For the record, the special features are pretty rubbish.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By El Zilcho on 16 Aug. 2011
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I got this film just on the strength of Michael Cera being in it, as I realised that I quite enjoy his brand of 'plucky geekery'. You definitely get that here. The plot has a few touches of the surreal about it (e.g. a definite Fight Club flavour), but only so much as to make it interesting, rather than weird. It has a couple of weak spots, e.g. Nick's transformation into his bad-boy alter-ego happened a bit too abruptly, I felt - but they don't spoil the film. Youth in Revolt has more depth than a simple comedy of errors like Superbad, and more of a touch of 'endearingly awkward/ funny teens' - but not so much as to make it sickeningly 'kooky'. The small cast all give great performances, no weak spots there at all. There are laughs to be had both from something unexpected/ shocking happening, and from genuinely humorous lines and acting. In short, if you enjoyed the non-CGI bits of Scott Pilgrim, you should enjoy this, but if you want a more high-paced roller-coaster of funny-bad stuff happening, like in Superbad or Knocked Up, just bear in mind that this is a bit more gentle.
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