Youth In Revolt Funny, Familiar

If you're not sick of Michael Cera, you'll probably like it
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2010 10:15 AM CST

(Newser) Youth in Revolt was shot in early 2008, which, Ty Burr of the Boston Globe notes, was “before some of us started getting tired of watching Michael Cera play Michael Cera.” If you aren’t tired of Cera’s adorably dorky shtick, you’ll find Youth a sharp and funny, if familiar, effort. Here’s what critics are saying:

  • Miraculously, Youth “has enough charm to make us feel something for its shy, gangly protagonist,” writes Stephanie Zacharek for Salon, “and enough bite to keep us from wanting to kill him.”

  • It’s “basically an absurdist ramble, but a terrifically likable ramble” writes Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal, “If you’ve been looking for a film whose hero uses the subjunctive frequently and correctly, Youth in Revolt is it.”
  • But that was a turnoff for Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post. “The characters all seem to be speaking in the same arch, hyper-literary drone,” she complains. The story, a tired Catcher in the Rye rehash, “feels written rather than lived."

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