Youth in Revolt (2009)

Youth in Revolt was released on DVD on June 15, 2010
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Michael Cera adds to his collection of quick-witted young men with his portrayal of 16-year-old Nick Twisp. Born on the trashy side of the Oakland tracks, Nick hates his name almost as much as his life. Everyone he knows, including his divorced parents (Jean Smart and Steve Buscemi), gets more action than he does, but his luck changes when he meets junior femme fatale Sheeni (Portia Doubleday) during a trailer-park vacation. She may have overprotective parents (Mary Kay Place and M. Emmet Walsh) and a boyfriend back at school, but she also likes Jean-Paul Belmondo movies, Serge Gainsbourg records–and Nick. There’s just one hitch–she prefers bad boys, so Nick creates cynical, cigarette-smoking alter ego François Dillinger to win her heart (just as musician Gainsbourg created devilish doppelgänger Gainsbarre). Little does Nick know he’s playing with fire–literally–since François gives him license to set his pent-up inhibitions free: he sneaks into Sheeni’s private-school dorm, blows up his mother’s boyfriend’s car (Zach Galifianakis as the boyfriend), and trips on magic mushrooms with Sheeni’s burnout brother and a radical family friend (Justin Long and Fred Willard, both hilarious). As with Chuck and Buck and The Good Girl, Miguel Arteta’s adaptation of C.D. Payne’s young adult series offers equal parts sorrow and humor. The animated sequences add whimsy, but there’s something more disturbing than romantic about Twisp’s manufactured multiple personality disorder. Cera handles the two personas well, but Youth in Revolt still registers as a sex comedy for people who prefer crime dramas.

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US DVD Release Date June 15, 2010
UK DVD Release Date UK - Not announced
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Complete Movie Details

Run time 90 min
DVD and Blu-ray Release Date June 15, 2010
Actors Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Ray Liotta, Steve Buscemi, Jean Smart, M. Emmet Wals, Justin Long, Fred Willard, Zach Galifianakis, Adhir Kalyan
Directed by Miguel Arteta
Studio Sony
MPAA R (Rated R for sexual content, language and drug use)
Gross $15,281,286
Genre(s) Comedy, Drama
Where to Rent
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