Review: Youth in Revolt
This week's bookish movie is Youth in Revolt, adapted from C.D. Payne's journal-style novel about hapless, pubescent Nick Twisp (the name says it all). Like so many other coming of age books, it focuses on the trinity of teen-age angst: rebellion, parents and sex. Library Journal described the entries as a "cross between Holden Caulfield and Doogie Howser, or The Wonder Years with a dash of Philip Roth." In the movie, Michael Cera (pictured) has the lead role -- actually the double role of Nick and his alter ego, the rough-edged Francois. Excerpts from some reviews:
Chicago Tribune -- "Youth in Revolt" isn't bad -- the cast is too good for it to be bad -- but archly comic coming-of-age fables are tricky things, and this adaptation ... does not precisely feel like This Year's Stuff. Still, I laughed a fair bit."
New York Times -- a "sweet and slight and often charming coming-of-age tale".
Washington Post -- "Youth in Revolt" is a movie that feels written rather than lived; from "The Catcher in the Rye" to "Rushmore," it's a story we've seen in better versions before.
Entertainment Weekly: Directed by the vivacious filmmaker Miguel Arteta (Chuck & Buck), the movie misses the dark hilarity and herky-jerky energy of C.D. Payne’s 1993 young-adult novel on which it’s based; there’s too little color amid all the mayhem.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Youth in Revolt” has a freewheeling energy that pulls you along as Nick gets deeper and deeper — but ever more hilariously — into trouble.