Cera-watch: Youth in Revolt

Wednesday January 20th 2010

A couple of days ago I went to see Youth in Revolt at one of the crappier screens of the Vue West End in Leicester Square.

It was the one that has this layout:

As if that weren’t bad enough, 40% of the screen was out of focus for the first half hour – I was very tempted to feel quite annoyed. On the plus side, we were all given free t-shirts. I’d take a picture of that and put it up here but a) it’s a crap shirt and b) there are already enough images in this ‘review’.


Y.I.R. is a teenage rebellion movie starring Michael Cera and a cast of surprisingly amazing supporting folk: Jean Smart, Zach Galifianakis, Steve Buscemi, Fred Willard, Ray Liotta and Justin Long ‘to name just a few’. It’s about a teenaged boy who creates an alter ego in order to win over the girl of his dreams.

Here are the names of some other blogs in case you’d like to read about how Michael Cera may or may not be playing the same character over and over again: Aint It Cool News, Chud, SlashFilm, HeyUGuys, ComingSoon, JoBlo, Film School Rejects.

It’s very funny to be honest and most of the characters are perfectly cast, but Youth in Revolt is a movie in which literally nothing happens. At no point are any of the characters or plotlines developed and most of them are abandoned towards the end of the film without explanation.

It also loses dozens of cool points for being yet another fucking indie film with pointless animated sequences. It wasn’t good in Juno, (500) Days of Summer or Paper Heart and it isn’t good now.


Some surprising similarities to a certain Von Trier film however…