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Youth in Revolt

By James Rocchi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Story of "bad-boy" teen is funny, but also rough and raw.

Movie R 2010 90 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 14+


The film has probably about 25 to 30 f-bombs, not too many other expletives. One graphic cartoon depictions of sex (shows the act so extremely graphic). Violence is just explosions, and towards the end of the movie one characters pops up who drugs everyone on weed and shrooms. Otherwise just some language and mild innuendo. (other than the sex depiction). On the good side, the kid fights for his love and shows that you can't be stopped for the peson your meant to be with. My MPAA Rating: R for brief strong language, Graphic Sexual Content, and Drug Use.
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Based on a popular cult novel, YOUTH IN REVOLT is a wild, raucous tale of mad young love and remarkably bad behavior that also serves as a great showcase for teen actor Cera. He plays both hero Nick and -- thanks to the miracle of computer effect -- his alter ego Francois to well-honed comedic effect. Cera is best known for being the stumbling, mumbling nice guy; Francois finally gives him a chance to strut and swagger, and he blossoms into it. The nicely tuned supporting cast -- including Justin Long, Fred Willard, Ray Liotta, and Jean Smart -- also wrings nice moments out of the script in brief, brisk scenes.

The movie's road-trip narrative makes for a fairly episodic story, and some of Nick's attempts and actions in pursuit of Sheeni's affections are decidedly desperate, dangerous, and deranged; if you're looking for a story with a moral ending, you may want to look elsewhere. But Youth in Revolt has enough chaotic charm and feral funny stuff to make it a bizarre, blackly comedic entry in the teen-flick canon.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 8, 2010
  • On DVD or streaming: June 15, 2010
  • Cast: Michael Cera , Portia Doubleday , Ray Liotta
  • Director: Miguel Arteta
  • Inclusion Information: Latino directors, Female actors
  • Studio: Dimension
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 90 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: sexual content, language and drug use
  • Last updated: June 8, 2023

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