Bottom Line: Nothing new, but entertaining coming-of-age tale.
“In movies the good guy gets the girl. In real life it’s usually the pr–k.” –Michael Cera as Nick Twisp
Directed by: Miguel Arteta
Starring: Adhir Kalyan, Ari Graynor, Erik Knudsen, Fred Willard, Jean Smart, Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Ray Liotta, Steve Buscemi, Zach Galifianakis
I can’t say I’ve never seen something like YOUTH IN REVOLT before. I’ve seen countless coming-of-age dramas, everything from the timeless classics (THE BREAKFAST CLUB) to the instantly forgettable (THE LAST SONG). There is absolutely nothing about the film that makes it anomalous in any way, shape, or form. There is, however, a wonderfully bittersweet taste that makes this seriocomic moral questioning so watchable.