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'Youth in Revolt' could be the best reviewed comedy released in January in years.

Miguel Arteta's ('The Good Girl') comedy, about a mild-mannered 16-year-old (Michael Cera) who embraces his inner bad boy to seduce a local love interest (Portia Doubleday), will probably not win any awards, but is a modest success, building on the marketable likability of Cera ('Superbad,' 'Juno').

To its downside, critics are saying 'Youth in Revolt' is a trifle, not adding up to much. Still, it's tasty.

A well-rounded supporting cast (including Fred Willard on mushrooms and Justin Long rocking ugly hair) is well-received and funny. See what the critics are saying after the jump. 'Youth in Revolt' could be the best reviewed comedy released in January in years.

Miguel Arteta's ('The Good Girl') comedy, about a mild-mannered 16-year-old (Michael Cera) who embraces his inner bad boy to seduce a local love interest (Portia Doubleday), will probably not win any awards, but is a modest success, building on the marketable likability of Cera ('Superbad,' 'Juno').

To its downside, critics are saying 'Youth in Revolt' is a trifle, not adding up to much. Still, it's tasty.

A well-rounded supporting cast (including Fred Willard on mushrooms and Justin Long rocking ugly hair) is well-received and funny. Here's what the critics are saying:

Variety: "From 'Superbad' to 'Juno,' Cera's certainly perfected his socially awkward, virginity-averse adolescent shtick, and while 'Youth' doesn't echo the deeper themes of those pics, Cera and his gifted comic co-stars elevate the mediocre source material into a semi-iconic coming-of-age story. Long-delayed Dimension release (set to open Jan. 15) looks promising, though its R rating excludes the ideal teen audience."

Hollywood Reporter: "Bottom Line: Teen spirit smells like a winner in a rollicking comedy that's a little bit Holden Caulfield, a little bit 'Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.'"

Village Voice: "Now comes writer Gustin Nash's version. Nash-who penned 'Charlie Bartlett,' making him 0-for-2 in the revolting youth sweepstakes-has severed the jokes and hijinks from Payne's plain yet playful narrative with a dull ax. The surrealism and sensitivity of the novel, which spawned a cult of collectors who trade the limited-run first edition for hundreds of dollars, has been boiled down till it tastes like pungent tweener formula. Payne may have exaggerated horny teen angst into slapstick and mayhem (what teen doesn't do the same thing?), but he did so effortlessly, earnestly. Nash and director Miguel Arteta try too hard; they want their movie branded a cult favorite before anyone's even seen it."

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Entertainment Weekly: "'Youth in Revolt' is late - arriving not just at the tail end of the star's sell-by date for this particular kind of character, but more importantly at the tail end of the intended audience's attention span for an inconsequential Sundance-y tale of sexual coming-of-age."

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times: "One of the secrets of 'Youth in Revolt' is that Nick seems bewildered by his own desires and strategies. He knows how he feels, he knows what he wants, but he'd need a map to get from A to B. It's his self-abasing modesty that makes the movie work. Here, you feel, is a movie character who would find more peace on the radio."

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: "Director Arteta, who has previously demonstrated a flair for empathy with people on the fringes of life, keeps on the side of the increasingly mischievous (but always polite) Nick, played with Cera's typical mix of affable nerdiness and intelligence. Francois is a radically different sort -- an affected, comically evil bad boy -- and the conceit frees up something in Cera, allowing him to dive into the role of a suave troublemaker without worrying about the consequences. Francois is pure id, a refreshing change of pace for an actor who specializes in playing super egos, and the slight but enjoyable 'Youth in Revolt' finds plenty of mayhem to take advantage of Cera's against-type performance. Oh, the things we do for love."


Associated Press
: "Cera's search for the right material after his breakthrough on 'Arrested Development' and in 'Superbad' has been obvious to many and has increasingly found critics. There's a sense that he's going to a well of hipster cute a little too often (see 'Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist' - or rather, don't)."

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