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‘Youth in Revolt’
So this one was a bit of a shame. I’m not sure whether it was a case of me watching this too many years after it was made, having seen too many Michael Cera movies (don’t get me wrong, I do have a soft spot for the Bluth kid) or just being a bit sleepy, but this film didn’t seem to offer anything new.
The basic story of awkward teen boy meets hipster hottie girl, resulting in sexual and social blunders is not a problem, with the split identity of ‘Francois’ offering a bit of personality and interest to the indie sub-genre, however, on the whole I found myself pretty bored, even at parts which had all the right elements to raise a laugh or two - anyone for Cera dressed as a girl called Coraline?
I think my main problem with this, and quite a few other post-Anderson indie flicks is that it seemed to spend too much time focused on showing off its hipster credentials (if anyone could explain why there was so much talk of Gainbourg and Sinatra and pretty much none of their music, please do) to actually focus on the heart of the story, leaving me pretty unconnected to the characters.
The film does however support a surprisingly stacked cast, from Buscemi to Liotta, some pretty cool animation and some nice touches. An afternoon flick. Maybe whilst you’re doing something else.