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TIFF review roundup: 'Youth in Revolt'

September 16, 2009 |  8:55 am


Michael Cera's performance seems to be the only thing critics agree on in regard to Miguel Arteta's "Youth in Revolt," which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival before its theatrical date on Oct. 30. Variety notes that Cera has "perfected his socially awkward, virginity-averse adolescent shtick," but found the rest of the picture too shallow to explore the themes of sexual awakening in C.D. Payne's source material. Tapeworthy admired the supporting cast, which includes Steve Buscemi, Justin Long, Jean Smart and Ray Liotta, but found its attempts at indie cool forced. The Hollywood Reporter was somewhat kinder, singling out Cera as its main virtue, and The Toronto Sun concurred, dismissing the film as a whole as "a cute little romance, but no 'Superbad.'" Ouch.

-- Paul Gaita

Photo: Dimension Films