Full set of photos on Facebook.
Oh Michael Cera, I love you. Your puppy dog eyes, your ability to convey awkwardness, hope and insecurity all at the same time. I love how for every premiere I've seen you at (the tally is 3 premieres in 3 years) you wear basically the same outfit, and each one could have been bought at the Gap. I don't even mind that, not unlike my best friend Keri Russell, you tend to play the same role in every movie (and I suspect you might be playing yourself). I would like you to be my little brother so that we could hang out and trade kicks under that Thanksgiving dinner table.
So - the movie. Youth in Revolt, is a film adaption film adaptation of C.D. Payne's novel of the same name. Directed by Miguel Artega, it stars (first and foremost) my little brother, as well as Justin Long, Jean Smart, Fred Willard, Steve Buscemi and newcomer Portia Doubleday. The movie follows my TIFF theme this year: quirky, awkward teen, accompanied by outlandish, caricatures of parents and the pursuit of love (sound familiar?).
And, following Ed Norton's lead in Leaves of Grass, Cera plays slightly geeky, trying a little too hard to be nerdy cool Nick and his alter ego, chainsmoking, badass, slightly sexually deviant Francois. It's a treat to see Cera step a little outside his normal typecast role - and in the Q&A afterwards, he admitted that it was fun to finally play the bad guy.
Fred Willard turns in another memorable character performance (god that man is funny) and both Doubleday and Cera carry the movie well. There were several laugh out loud moments and several classic moments. The general consensus was 7.5 out of 10. Full set of photos on Facebook.
I'm still waiting for my great TIFF film - up next and last movie on the list: Up in the Air. Fingers crossed.