Youth in Revolt

January 8th 2010
  • Comedy/Drama,
  • R,
  • 90 min,
  • Dimension Films
  • Cast: Michael Cera, Miguel Arteta, Steve Buscemi, Ray Liotta, Jean Smart, M. Emmet Walsh, Justin Long, Fred Willard, Zach Galifinakis, Erik Knudsen, Mary Kay Place, Rooney Mara, Portia Doubleday, Christa B. Allen, Ari Graynor, Adhir Kalyan, Jonathan B. Wright, Trevor Duke, Jade Fusco, Sudhi Rajagopal
  • Director: Miguel Arteta
  • Writer: Gustin Nash
  • Producer: David Permut
  • Co Producers: Miranda Freiberg, Steve Longi
  • Associate Producer: John A. Amicarella
  • Executive Producers: Nan Morales, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein
  • Art Direction: Gerald Sullivan
  • Castings: Joanna Colbert, Richard Mento, Meredith Tucker
  • Costume Design: Nancy Steiner
  • D.O.P.: Chuy Ch├ívez
  • Editors: Andy Keir, Pamela Martin
  • Makeup: Viola Rock
  • Music: John Swihart
  • Production Design: Tony Fanning
  • Set Decoration: Cynthia La Jeunesse


Based on the acclaimed novel by C.D. Payne, "Youth in Revolt" is the story of Nick Twisp a unique, but affable teen with a taste for the finer things in life like Sinatra and Fellini who falls hopelessly in love with the beautiful, free-spirited Sheeni Saunders (Portia Doubleday) while on a family vacation. But family, geography and jealous ex-lovers conspire to keep these two apart.

With Sheenis encouragement, Nick abandons his dull, predictable life and develops a rebellious alter ego: Francois. With his ascot, his moustache and his cigarette, Francois will stop at nothing to be with Sheeni, and leads Nick Twisp on a path of destruction with unpredictable and uproarious consequences.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Michigan, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Sexual content, language and drug use
  • Production Budget: $18 million
  • Production Companies: Dimension Films, Permut Presentations, Shangri-La Entertainment
  • Production Schedule: 12 July 2008 - 7 September 2008

Featured Articles


Re-shoots took place in Shreveport, LA starting February 6th.

Many portions of the film were filmed in Michigan, including Ann Arbor, Detroit, Ferndale, Frankfort, Hazel Park, Interlochen State Park, Lake Leelanau, Madison Heights, South Lyon, Rochester, Royal Oak, Traverse City, and Wixom.

2010 Guide Analysis: "Premiering at the Toronto Film Festival to good but not great reviews, 'Youth' found itself quickly pushed back from a planned Halloween release by the Weinsteins to the dumping ground of the first weekend of January. The $18 million comedy from Miguel Arteta, his first film since 2002's "The Good Girl", scored similar good albeit slightly tepid reviews from critics and a ninth place opening weekend the other day which came in at a disappointing but hardly disastrous $7 million.

Performances and the comedy of the piece were generally given the thumbs up, but its expected that this will quickly disappear from memory in a few weeks without much impact (good or bad) on anyone involved. As this was an adaptation of the first of C.D. Payne's three novels about Nick Twisp, the filmmakers were probably hoping for a potential trilogy. That ain't gonna happen."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 5 February 2010: UK