"Punk" and "rebel" don't belong in the same sentence with "
"Youth" serves up our favorite sweet pushover
("Juno," "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist") as Nick Twisp,
virginal twerp, in love-lust with brazen, confident Sheeni (
Because literate and witty boys like Nick don't get
the girl. Not usually, anyway. He keeps a journal. He soft-sells his
insults to his cougar-mom (
But a vacation in a rural trailer park, meeting the fetching Sheeni, could change that.
"What's your name?"
"Dillinger," he lies.
She's the daughter of "religious fanatics," but sexy and savvy enough to recognize her powers over boys, with a cruel willingness to use those powers on Nick. What she talks him into doing is why he needs a Francois in his psyche —"bold, contemptuous of authority, irresistible to women," who stands up to his parents, sets fires, consumes psychedelic mushrooms and makes trouble.
Equal parts inspired and irresponsible, the new film from
Yes, it's still a movie about another "I am going to die a virgin" teen. But "Youth in Revolt" is also about French books, French singers and classic French films, about being the smart boy who wants to win the heart of "the mother of my future gifted children" but not smart enough to not make every mistake doing it.
Youth in Revolt
2 1/2 stars
Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Industry rating: R for sexual content, language and drug use
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