The Weinstein Company has just announced they’re moving “Youth in Revolt” to January 15, 2010 from their previously announced October release date. While moving a release is sometimes the sign of a troubled film or production, I saw a screening a few days ago at the Toronto Film Festival and have to say…it’s a great movie. The film is based on acclaimed novel by C.D. Payne and it’s the story of Nick Twisp – a teen with a taste for the finer things in life like Sinatra and Fellini – and he’s played by Michael Cera. Actually, I posted a video blog about the movie yesterday where I sang the films praises. For more on the film and why it probably moved, hit the jump:
I think the main reason the film moved is The Weinstein Company has a few “Oscar” films this year (“The Road”, “A Single Man”, Rob Marshall’s “Nine“) and they might not have the resources to spend on promoting “Youth in Revolt”. Also, it’s already the middle of September and I haven’t seen any posters or promotional stuff on “Youth”, so a January release might be better. Add to that, the buzz in Toronto was quite good for the film, and with a January release they might be able to work the college circuit and build more advance buzz. What I’m trying to say is…the move might be good for the film.
Here’s the full synopsis and cast list. Also, I spoke with some of the cast and director Miguel Arteta at TIFF and I’ll try to have them online soon. Until then…
In the tradition of Catcher in the Rye, and starring Michael Cera (also of the Oscar winning film, Juno, and Superbad), YOUTH IN REVOLT is a coming-of-age comedy that puts a fresh and outrageous stamp on a tale of adolescent obsession and rebellion. 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 Sheeni’s 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. The film also Justin Long, Ray Liotta, Steve Buscemi, Jean Smart, Fred Willard and Zach Galifianakis