Youth In Revolt (2009)- Dir. Miguel Arteta- 90 min- USA
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This film is a reminder on what it was like to be an impressionable, young teen, falling in love with the first girl who gave you boner. The lengths Nick goes in order to live happily ever after with Sheeni makes you cringe because you realize how weak their connect and bond is, but also you either thought about or you did the exact same thing when you were his age.
One of the biggest strengths of this movie in my opinion are the supporting actors. They keep you engaged in the film, even if you kinda don’t care anymore if Nick and Sheeni end up together. You just want to see what other drugs Justin Long is going to give to Fred Willard. Even Nick’s classmate, Vijay, makes you root for him while he scores with Sheeni’s promiscuous roommate.
There were a couple artsy scenes played out in claymation that didn’t seem to fit quite right for me. I didn’t see the point in them besides to change the pace of the film. Also, Nick and Sheeni’s dialogue sometimes seemed a bit over the top for my taste. I get it, you want to make these two seem more mature and connected by referencing French films and by using big words that only people who read tons of literature would use. I just don’t know a lot of teens who talk like that, even when the most-read ones.
Overall, I found this film to be very charming and funny. I can’t help but compare this to Year One, the last role I saw Cera in. It was relieving to not feel like I was being force-fed jokes and to actually laugh-out-loud at punchlines. Not Cera’s best role ever, but a refreshing reminder on what he’s built his career on, and that he does have the ability to branch out, hopefully sooner than later.