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Dave White Profile

Like if Dead Ringers were a teen sex comedy. Read full review


Jen Yamato Profile

Tepid teenage hipster shenanigans. Read full review

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  • 4.0

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Timing is everything. And 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.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Youth's screenplay, by Gustin Nash, is generally witty.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Youth in Revolt is basically an absurdist ramble, but a terrifically likable ramble.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    The collision of adolescent hormones and parental folly, hardly new cinematic territory, gets a bracing absurdist slant in Youth in Revolt.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 17 & under

Story of "bad-boy" teen is funny, but also rough and raw.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although Youth in Revolt stars teen fave Michael Cera, this isn't his typical goofy/sweet role. The movie -- which is based on the same-named novel by C.D. Payne, which is also big with teens -- is full of sex, drugs, and bad behavior, including criminal activity, sexual activity, and drug use. All of this involves high-school aged kids, and while many of the film's more outlandish acts are carried out by the main character's alter ego, they still affect other characters. They also have some ramifications (including punishment), but ultimately the main character doesn't suffer too much -- so be ready to talk to your teens about real-life consequences for iffy behavior, no matter how "cool" it might seem. Expect lots of strong language (including "s--t," "f--k," and more) and a lot of sexual talk and references (including masturbation and condom use).

  • Families can talk about the themes the film explores -- do teens have to act up, act out, and make mistakes? And does that really make them more interesting, charismatic, and attractive?
  • What are the challenges of depicting teen life in print and on film? Do teens respond to more realistic (or exciting) depictions of teen life than parents may feel comfortable with?
  • How does the film depict drug use? What are the real-life ramifications of drug use -- and the real consequences?
  • What messages does the movie send about teen sex? Parents, take this opportunity to talk with your teens about your family's values.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: While the lead character pays a certain price for his transgressions, things still work out relatively well for him in the end, despite his iffy, ill-considered behavior.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Lead character Nick Twisp -- a teen anti-hero -- is a model of problematic behavior (from crime to smoking to sex), even with his intrinsic sweetness.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Some scuffling; some vehicular damage; some chase scenes. Explosions, arson.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Extensive discussions about and depictions of sex, including masturbation, kissing, condom use, and intercourse. Some male shirtlessness.

  • language false4

    Language: Constant strong language, including "s--t," "a--hole," "f--k" (and many variations on it), "bitch," "prick," "dick," "p---y," "bulls--t," "hell," "ass," "damn," "goddamn," "oh my God," and more.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Copious comedic smoking by a high school boy's alter ego; also smoking by adults and references to alcohol. Extensive references to marijuana and "magic mushrooms," including unaware persons eating a meal dosed with said mushrooms. A boy surreptitiously has a girl's food and drink laced with sleeping pills without her knowledge so she'll flunk out of school.