I laughed out loud..."Solidarity!"
I have a weakness for coming of age comedy films, so I tend to be a little biased towards them. Loved Michael Cera's performance, and absolutely fell in love with Portia Doubleday's Sheeni. It's one of those films that you should watch not so much expecting to laugh out loud but rather to have a tender chuckle.
This is one of those movies you either love or hate. I personally love the kind of comedy this film rests on. Some would say it's pretentious, and that's the part I like the most. And a great acting, both in leads (Michael Cera playing both good and bad himself, which shed a new light on his acting abilities for me) and in supporting roles (two words - Steve Buscemi). Underrated, probably due to the love/hate thing.
I'd heard mostly negative reviews with regards to YOUTH IN REVOLT. I think it has to do with the way in which it was marketed while it was released in movie theatres. I watched with an open mind, not sure of what to expect. Overall, I was surprised and I enjoyed it. It was an entertaining story, full of unexpected "twists" and turns. Nick (Michael Cera) and his alter-ego "Francois" had good back-and-forth banter.
I still can't gell if I liked Youth in Revolt because it was much better than I expected or because it wasn't as bad as I expected. If that makes any sense. Francois Dillinger made the movie but the great supporting cast was either wasted or misused. The story was uneven and if it wasn't so short, the pacing would be absolute murder. Michael Cera isn't so bad here and despite my grumblings it was entertaining.
Nick Twisp's alter-ego could have saved this film if he was given more screen time, as every Francois line had me rolling. Unfortunately, 95% of this pretentious piece of hipster garbage is Cera doing his "mildly attractive nerd who can't get laid" bit.