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Youth in Revolt [DVD]

Michael Cera , Jean Smart , Miguel Arteta    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003903SPW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,450 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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...


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.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hmm... Give it a second chance 20 Jan 2011
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cera in Revolt 25 Oct 2010
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Michael Cera's rough side. 5 May 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Youth in Revolt 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny! 10 Feb 2013
By Mark B
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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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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teen Comedy At Its Finest 21 Aug 2010
The last film I watched was Youth In Revolt on Blu-ray, a class performance from Michael Cera who has perfected the 'awkward teen' character to a T. The films follows the quirky lead character Nick Twisp and his attempts one Summer, to win the girl he loves' heart by creating an alter ego with a too-cool-for-school attitude,'Francois Dillinger' who helps Nick to make some tricky choices. As expected, along the way he runs into all sorts of obstacles and trouble, including rough preppy, an encounter with drugs and a run in with the law. It all results in a very entertaining story, delivering some amazing one-liners as well as some, slightly unexpected twists.

The film's a bit rude, and that's possibly an understatement with both sex and drugs present (minus the rock & roll), but with it's 15 age rating, a little 'boundary-pushing' is expected. Cera delivers a great performance as both halves of his character's persona and he breaks out of his shell as a typical misunderstood teen stereotype to play the incredibly charismatic and funny 'Francois Dillinger'. The film is also made great by Portia Doubleday's performance as Cera's love interest and their chemistry really makes the film that whole bit better.

Excellent, funny and is the film to watch for some belting laughs.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some tenuous plot elements, but still very funny 16 Aug 2011
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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