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YOUTH IN REVOLT
The lackluster box office performance of Youth in Revolt does not bode well for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Has the world had their fill of Michael Cera? Perhaps so, and though I understand the accusations lobbied against him—that he has no real acting skill, and has conveniently fashioned a career out of playing himself in every movie—I respectfully disagree. Very few actors have as brilliant of comedic timing as Cera, and even fewer are quite so capable at projecting the awkward social anxieties of the introverted mind. The reason he’s been typecast is because he looks and sounds like Michael Cera, and when you look and sound like Michael Cera, there isn’t much variation in the sorts of roles for which Hollywood thinks you’re suited. With Youth in Revolt, Cera continues his trend of playing meek, soft-spoken adolescents who are awkward and in love, but the familiarity is contrasted nicely with the mustachioed, sociopathic supplementary persona known as Francois Dillinger, which is a role unlike any that Cera has played. It may surprise many to discover how much control he has over his performance, (hopefully) settling the debate about his acting ability once and for all. The film itself is quite good, too, and riotously funny. Though the storyline is distinctly episodic, there’s an old school charm to the way it unfolds, and the emphasis on smart, urbane dialogue to convey much of the humor is refreshing. Even if the comic episodes are nothing you haven’t seen before, the writing and performances—including a terrific supporting cast that includes Zach Galifianakis, Ray Liotta, Fred Willard, Steve Buscemi, and Justin Long—keep the material feeling fresh. Director Miguel Arteta ups the indie quirk factor a little too aggressively with a variety of animated segues, but the movie is consistently hilarious enough that they never become much of a concern. As of now, it’s a definite comedic highlight of 2010.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Commentary with director and Michael Cera, deleted scenes, deleted/extended animated sequences, and audition footage.

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daybreakers posterIn this week’s episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley ring in the new year with thoughts on Total Recall, Land of the Lost, and Youth In Revolt. Also, some thoughts on Sam Mendes doing Bond, Spidey IV being scrapped, and the classic Casablanca. Special guest writer/director Rian Johnson joins us this week (and felt incredibly honored to do so). Rian’s latest film, The Brothers Bloom, is now available for purchase on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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We’ve seen two trailers for Youth in Revolt, and with a month left before the film finally opens (it was delayed from a fall open) we’ve now got a red band trailer. This clip follows much the same structure as the second trailer, only with a lot more dirty dialogue. That’s not a bad thing, necessarily, as it’s funny stuff. Check it out after the break. Read More »

Youth in Revolt Movie Trailer #2

Youth In Revolt

Dimension Films has released the second trailer for the big screen adaptation of C. D. Payne‘s epistolary novel Youth in Revolt. Michael Cera stars in this “irreverent story about the wild adventures of a teenage boy named Nick Twisp who meets the girl of his dreams while on a family vacation and has to turn his life and the lives of all those around him upside down in order to be with her.” Newcomer Portia Doubleday plays Sheeni Saunders, and the film also features Steve Buscemi, Zack Galifianakis, and Ray Liotta.

I had a chance to see this film at the Toronto Film Festival, and its quite good. The new trailer is a bit over the top, filled with horrible voice over and a bunch of songs that don’t quite fit. Watch the new trailer now after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Back in September, just as the film was screening to very positive word at the Toronto Film Festival, The Weinstein Company moved Youth in Revolt back to January 15. That wasn’t a huge surprise. Though audiences seem to really like Miguel Arteta‘s adaptation of C.D. Payne‘s novel, thanks in part to what some call a career-expanding performance by Michael Cera, TWC already has their awards season movies in Nine and (maybe, but looking less likely now) The Road. Saving Youth in Revolt for 2010 was a predictable move.

Now the film’s release date has been bumped up slightly, to January 8, and audiences will be able to buy tickets to sneak previews of it on January 2. Read More »

Youth in Revolt Moves to January 2010

Youth In Revolt

Youth in Revolt, the Miguel Arteta adaptation of C.D. Payne‘s novel starring Michael Cera, has been doing well as it plays the Toronto International Film Festival. Reviews have, in general, been more pleased with the film than I would have expected. Peter liked it, Cinematical said Michael Cera is “wickedly hilarious” in a performance that is “easily the best of his career,” and indieWire says it suggests more versatility to Cera than some would have allowed.

But now, according to an email blast from PR firm Allied, The Weinstein Company is moving Youth from October 30 of this year to January 15, 2010. What’s the story? Read More »

TIFF Video Reactions: Youth in Revolt and Daybreakers

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Steve (from Collider) and I usually record our video blog’s in separate locations through the magic of the internet, but since we’re both attending this year’s Toronto Film Festival, we’ve decided to record some video blogs talking about some of the movies we’ve seen at the festival. We’ve tried to keep the video blogs short and to the point, but, as always, it sometimes goes longer than planned. But if you know us, that’s to be expected.

Anyway, after the jump you can watch Peter and I talk about the new Michael Cera movie Youth in Revolt and The Spierig Brothers vampire film Daybreakers. We liked both of the films, and you can find out why in the video blogs below. Also, while some movies at the festival won’t hit theaters for another year, Youth in Revolt arrives in late October and Daybreakers hits theaters this January.

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