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Rated R · 90 min. · 2010

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Perhaps the series of popular young-adult novels by C.D. Payne upon which this yawner of an adolescent wish-fulfillment fantasy is based is more daring than the movie scriptwriter Gustin Nash (Charlie Bartlett) wrung out of it.

Seriously, guys, girls think it’s weird and creepy and wildly inappropriate when you tell them, five minutes after meeting them, that you love them, as Michael Cera’s doofus high-schooler Nick Twisp does here. Girls are not charmed by the passive-aggressive excuse for your misdeeds that everything you did was for her, as Nick tells the cool, beautiful girl he’s infatuated with, Sheeni Saunders (Portia Doubleday).

Girls are generally not attracted to boys who entirely subsume their own personality by insisting that you want what she wants. There’s nothing daring here and conforming to conventional stereotypes about love and sex does not a “revolt” make. If only this movie held boneheaded notions of romance and relationships cherished by so many teens (and grown-ups!) up for the ridicule they so richly deserve, it might have been tolerable. But instead it reinforces them, to a depressingly predictable end.

Official Site: youthinrevolt-themovie.com
Director: Miguel Arteta
Writer: Gustin Nash and C.D. Payne
Producer: David Permut
Cast: Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Jean Smart, Zach Galifianakisi, Erik Knudsen, Adhir Kalyan, Steve Buscemi, Fred Willard, Ari Graynor and Ray Liotta

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