Michael Cera has played another “Superbad” character in this quirky comedy, two times over. Cera plays his role of Nick Twisp well, along with his second character of Francois Dillinger, his French, polyester pant wearing alter ego.
Nick is a nerdy teen that is still a virgin, bringing on the “teenager trying to find his first girl” scenario once again. Although based on the book of the same title written by C.D. Payne, this scenario is not played out like the thousand other “virgin looking for a girl” type movies. Director for Youth in Revolt, Miguel Arteta allowed the characters to remain free flowing, with each humorous line coming across naturally, not forced.
Nick creates his alter ego Francois after meeting Sheeni Saunders (Portia Doubleday) at a trailer park he and his mother (Jean Smart) are vacationing at, along with his mother’s boyfriend, played by Zach Galifianakis, of The Hangover fame. Wanting Sheeni badly, and listening to Sheeni’s ideas of how to be a “bad” boy, his alter ego takes over, showing him that the only way to get the girl is to be “bad”.
His new love interest is daughter to a devout Christian lawyer (M. Emmett Walsh) and mother (Mary Kay Place) who believe their daughter is worthy of nothing less than a perfect man. Sheeni’s brother, Paul (Justin Long) is about the only “normal” character in the household, although he is stoned most of the time. Although Paul does believe in sharing, including preparing a dish of stuffed mushrooms to share with his unaware parents on Thanksgiving, to chill them out.
Once the short vacation is over, he makes a promise to Sheeni that he will get himself in a situation to be able to see her more often. Francois convinces Nick that getting kicked out of his own house, revolting against his mother and her boyfriend, and getting Sheeni thrown out of school would be the best way to obtain his true love.
Hilarious antics follow as he and Francois work together to get the girl of his dreams. The acting is well done. The characters are considered to be a little “out there” but the acting and lines keep it believable. Casting for the movie was impeccable, the script was very well written, and the story line was the usual, but came about in an unusual form. All in all, the movie is a good comedy movie. Rated R for the drug use and theme. If you enjoyed Superbad, Juno and The Hangover, Youth in Revolt is a good choice. Well worth the bucket of popcorn!