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Youth in revolt (7/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 90 minutes.
Not for children.
Despite what everyone hears about the rampant
sexual activity among todayís teenagers, there are undoubtedly still a
huge number of young men who have Nick Twispís (Michael Cera) dilemma.
He says, ďThe issue can no longer be ignored: Iím still a virgin. To be
honest, I have never even kissed a woman to whom I was not related by
blood or marriage.Ē As this quote might indicate, this is a funny,
entertaining coming-of-age comedy of adolescent rebellion and obsession
Based on C.D. Payneís novels, Nick, whose
selfish, dysfunctional parents are divorced, meets a gorgeous young
woman, Sheeni Saunders (Portia Doubleday) on a family vacation. Sheeni
is a woman who would make any manís hormones jump. She is, in a word,
inscrutable. Naturally, Nick falls head over heels for her, but fate
keeps them apart. Sheeni encourages Nick to broaden his life so he
develops a rebellious alter ego, humorless, mustachioed,
cigarette-smoking, evil Francois Dillinger, who will stop at nothing to
be with Sheeni.
Influenced by Francois, Nick becomes one of the
more complicated protagonists one will find on screen. He does some
really deplorable things, but, due mostly is his phlegmatic attitude,
Cera still makes him sympathetic.
Neither of Nickís parents, Estelle (Jean Smart)
and George (Steve Buscemi) care a whit about Nick. Worse, they donít
display any moral fiber that Nick can emulate. Estelle is shacking up
with a goofy boyfriend, Jerry (Zach Galifianakis), then a corrupt cop,
Lance Westcott (Ray Liotta). His father, George, is shacked up with a
young chick. Nick is all alone. And then he meets Sheeni, who has a
similar problem with her parents, who are painted as hypocritical
religious fanatics, a favorite whipping boy for the Hollywood left.
Directed by Miguel Arteta and written by Gustin
Nash, one of the movieís strengths is the quality of its cast. Cera
gives a breakout performance, but the actors around him, Doubleday,
Smart, Buscemi, Glifianakis, Liotta, and Fred Willard all give rewarding