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Youth in Revolt

Youth in Revolt

Supernerd Michael Cera claims his crown as Nick Twisp

The kid is alright: Michael Cera as Nick Twisp
With a wackiness rating of 7.5 and a subject-matter (precocious teens coming of age over one long summer) that scores off the chart for over-familiarity, there seems every likelihood that Youth in Revolt will inspire audience revulsion. Luckily the film has on its side the unfussy directing style of Miguel Arteta (who has the warped buddy movie Chuck and Buck, as well as several episodes of Six Feet Under, in his favour), as well as a lively if not-as-smart-as-it-thinks-it-is script adapted by Gustin Nash from C D Payne’s novel (the first in the “Journals of Nick Twisp” series). The clincher turns out to be someone who is fast becoming the ultimate secret weapon for any comedy: Michael Cera, King of the Nerds, High Priest of the Unfeasibly Pale and a near-god when it comes to putting a nutty tailspin on the simplest line.
With a wackiness rating of 7.5 and a subject-matter (precocious teens coming of age over one long summer) that scores off the chart for over-familiarity, there seems every likelihood that Youth in Revolt will inspire audience revulsion. Luckily the film has on its side the unfussy directing style of Miguel Arteta (who has the warped buddy movie Chuck and Buck, as well as several episodes of Six Feet Under, in his favour), as well as a lively if not-as-smart-as-it-thinks-it-is script adapted by Gustin Nash from C D Payne’s novel (the first in the “Journals of Nick Twisp” series). The clincher turns out to be someone who is fast becoming the ultimate secret weapon for any comedy: Michael Cera, King of the Nerds, High Priest of the Unfeasibly Pale and a near-god when it comes to putting a nutty tailspin on the simplest line.

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