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Monday, June 21, 2010

Youth In Revolt Blu-Ray Review

Youth In Revolt Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: YOUTH IN REVOLT is a coming-of-age comedy that puts a fresh and outrageous stamp on a tale of adolescent obsession and rebellion. Based on the acclaimed novel by C.D. Payne, YOUTH IN REVOLT is the story of Nick Twisp - a unique, but affable teen with a taste for the finer things in life like Sinatra and Fellini - who falls hopelessly in love with the beautiful, free-spirited Sheeni Saunders (Portia Doubleday) while on a family vacation. But family, geography and jealous ex-lovers conspire to keep these two apart. With Sheeni's encouragement, Nick abandons his dull, predictable life and develops a rebellious alter ego: Francois. With his ascot, his moustache and his cigarette, Francois will stop at nothing to be with Sheeni, and leads Nick Twisp on a path of destruction with unpredictable and uproarious consequences.

Review: When this book came out back in the mid-1990s I had heard of it, but never picked it up.  I find that rather sad now, because as it turns out it would have appealed to me more back then even than now.  It may have even been theraputic.

Obviously you've heard of this film by now, thanks to the highly publicized film starring Michael Cera (Juno).  A lot of uproar has existed around this book from parents about how appropriate it may or may not be for a teenager to actually read.  Our feeling is that its actually great for them.  It discusses things like masturbation, sexual fantasy and aggression in hilarious and relatable ways.  I think that so many authors miss the mark when trying to relate to a teenager, but it seems that C.D. Payne really understands the teen male psyche and can get inside their heads.  Your teenager may laugh and relate to this movie and honestly to find anything a teenager can relate to is a miracle, isn't it?

Michael Cera does a fantastic job of playing his now type-cast role of the dry youth with cynical inner-dialogue.

The special features on the blu-ray release include: movieIQ™+sync and BD-Live connect you to real-time information on the cast, music, trivia and more while watching the movie!, Commentary with Director and Michael Cera, Deleted Scenes, Off the Chain Deleted and Extended Animated Sequences and Audition Footage.

Interest Range: Teenage Life, Drama, Dark Comedy, Indie Film