When fans of C.D. Payne's young adult novel 'Youth in Revolt' found out that Michael Cera ('Juno''s fangless, quippy Paulie Bleeker) would play the title role in Miguel Arteta's upcoming film adaptation, the biggest concern wasn't if Cera could pull off the fangless, quippy Nick Twisp, but rather Francios: the car-exploding, mustachioed alter-ego Twisp invents to capture the attention of a girl (Portia Doubleday) who likes her men a little more dangerous.

The early trailers seemed to confirm fans' worst suspicions, with Cera's Francois appearing too cartoonish and nonthreatening and the jokes a little too, well, PG. But the new red-band trailer exposes a far more versatile (and vulgar) Cera, who appears to have carved out a set of split personalities that play well not just off one another, but off of Cera's own as an actor. Watch the red-band trailer after the jump. When fans of C.D. Payne's young adult novel 'Youth in Revolt' found out that Michael Cera ('Juno''s fangless, quippy Paulie Bleeker) would play the title role in Miguel Arteta's upcoming film adaptation, the biggest concern wasn't if Cera could pull off the fangless, quippy Nick Twisp, but rather Francios: the car-exploding, mustachioed alter-ego Twisp invents to capture the attention of a girl (Portia Doubleday) who likes her men a little more dangerous.

The early trailers seemed to confirm fans' worst suspicions, with Cera's Francois appearing too cartoonish and nonthreatening and the jokes a little too, well, PG.

But the new red-band trailer exposes a far more versatile (and vulgar) Cera, who appears to have carved out a set of split personalities that play well not just off one another, but off of Cera's own as an actor. His Francois ("I wanna tickle your belly button ... from the inside," he deadpans to Doubleday's Sheena Saunders) comes off as a meaner, wittier version Eddie Murphy's Buddy Love from 'The Nutty Professor,' and that 'stache appears a little less silly-looking when it's barking at Twisp, "You're not going to get this girl by sitting around, listening to records and ..." -- well, the rest is probably best left to Francois to explain here in full.

Watch the 'Youth in Revolt' red-band trailer


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