Youth in Revolt (2009)

Directed by Miguel Arteta
Written by Gustin Nash

Look, I love Michael Cera. He, to me, is very funny. What I find so funny about him is his vocabulary and his delivery. Both are great and both are on display here. There are some genuinely hilarious moments in this film. The story itself is kind of nice, but nothing to knock your socks off. Other than Cera I found the film to be rather average to be honest, nothing really that memorable other than when he flips the cereal bowl, I lost it at that. But I feel like when I wake up tomorrow I will have moved on to bigger and better things and will have forgotten about the majority of what I saw tonight.

I have not read the novel on which the film is based, and after seeing this I have no desire too, not that I don’t feel it could be entertaining but because I was underwhelmed by what I saw. The idea of Francois is great, Cera, who is normally great, is only good here and the character of Nick is someone I find somewhat uninteresting and, frankly, unoriginal. The French film references are fun, I especially loved the scene with Fellini’s La Strada in the movie store near the beginning.

I don’t feel that I have wasted the time I spent watching this movie, but I do feel that if I were to watch it again I might be pushing my luck.

**1/2 – Average

Adam Kuhn

Adam Kuhn was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, where he attended Saint Charles Preparatory School. He studied History at the University of Cincinnati, where he was a contributor of The News Record, the twice-weekly, independent student news organization. He has been writing film reviews and blogging since 2009.

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