Youth in Revolt
Youth in Revolt – Movie Review
Youth in Revolt is the story of Nick Twisp a unique, but affable teen with a taste for the finer things in life like Sinatra and Fellini who falls hopelessly in love with the beautiful, free-spirited Sheeni Saunders (Portia Doubleday) while on a family vacation. But family, geography and jealous ex-lovers conspire to keep these two apart. With Sheenis encouragement, Nick abandons his dull, predictable life and develops a rebellious alter ego: Francois. With his ascot, his moustache and his cigarette, Francois will stop at nothing to be with Sheeni, and leads Nick Twisp on a path of destruction with unpredictable and uproarious consequences.
Youth in Revolt is apparently based on a book, also called Youth and Revolt, starring Michael Cera who is everybody’s go-to boy at this time to show disaffected youth naiveté. He is charming in this one, and mercifully gets to also play his alter ego, Francois. The story is just a boy who strikes out at everything and ends up accidentally bumping into this girl and deciding that he really needs to stay with her. He figures out that the only way to get sent away from his mom, who’s divorced, is to behave very badly, which he does. This is cleverly written, well-acted. My only problem with it, and it is sort of a psychological problem, is convincing kids that the way to get what they want is to literally burn the city down. I’m not sure that’s exactly the message we want to send to kids, but it’s enjoyable, sort of, 90 minutes of fun. Three stars.