Despite the stellar cast it is Michael Cera (Nick Twisp) who takes centre stage and for the first act you could be forgiven for thinking that you are in for ninety minutes of his usual shtick. Everything changes with the appearance of his of alter ego Francois. A character completely at odds with the ones Cera normally plays, he perfected the gawky teen, to whom holding a woman’s hand is the highlight of his day in Juno and Superbad. So it is a welcome contrast to see him give an altogether different performance.
Imagined by Nick to achieve his goal of wooing Sheeni (Portia Doubleday), Francois is everything Twisp is not. Smooth talking, arrogant and confident. He even has a rather natty Clark Gable moustache.
The rest of the cast however are woefully underused. Steve Buscemi, Zach Galifianakis and Ray Liotta are all given very little do. This is a film about youth (in revolt) after all and it is Cera’s fellow adolescents Erik Knudsen (lefty) and Justin Long (Paul) that the majority of the movies mirth is derived from.
Director Miguel Arteta embraces the theme of two young lovers in the spring time of their romance and delivers a brightly lit film, full of sunny outdoor shots of secluded beeches and leafy forests. Likewise the soundtrack is light and bouncy, fitting perfectly into each scene it accompanies.
Verdict: Based on the book by C. D Payne Youth in Revolt is a mixed bag, at times; sweet, charming and whimsical but paradoxically dark, bitter and sarcastic unfortunately never laugh out loud funny.
A stand out performance by Michael Cera is its main attraction.