Monday, August 30, 2010

Youth In Revolt. C+


In Youth in Revolt, Michael Cera is one of those young people who doesn't belong in his generation: he prefers vinyl over digital, likes French movies over the contemporary action flick, and dresses like a total doof-sixties style. These sort of young rebels are found among the crowd today, and while I don't have a real problem with them, they do sometimes annoy me. Cera meets a girl while on vacation and she's a carbon copy, digging French culture, into poetry, and all about freedom of act and speech. The movie is about Cera's character trying to win the girl over, which is definitely a new story. But that's not so much of a problem as Michael Cera, who keeps taking on the exact same role over and over again. It's getting old and I'm sort of sick of it. Fortunately he does try something a little new by having an alter-ego who forces him to become a real bona-fide bad ass. That was cool and fresh, but also the only part about the movie I really liked. The rest isn't bad, but it's just a little too average. There's nothing in it to make you really laugh, and some comic talent (i.e. Zach Galifianakis) is completely wasted. But I liked the movie better than some of Cera's previous work, like Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist. But then again, that's not really saying much.

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