Youth in Revolt (R)

NOT FOR YOUNGER THAN 17 Heaping portions of archness and deadpan humor aren't enough to make this 90-minute film (based on C.D. Payne's 1993 novel, the first in a series) more than a mildly entertaining snack. Nor is Michael Cera's pallid portrayal of the young antihero Nick Twisp any kind of main course. Nick is a precocious, sexually obsessed, Holden Caulfield-ish teen who lives with his divorced mom (Jean Smart) and her variously stupid (Zach Galifianakis) or macho (Ray Liotta) boyfriends in a pre-cell-phone world. Too smart for his surroundings, Nick falls in love with a beautiful soul mate, Sheeni (Portia Doubleday), and risks everything to bed her and free her from her ultrareligious parents (Mary Kay Place and M. Emmet Walsh). He nearly burns down Berkeley, Calif., for one thing. Nick invents a profane, mustachioed alter ego (Cera again), who encourages him to act out. Youth in Revolt contains explicitly implied sexual situations, graphic sexual language and graphic animated drawings of sexual activity. Drug use is depicted, as well as drinking and smoking. There is strong profanity.
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