Youth in Revolt, directed by Miguel Arteta and starring Michael Cera, premiered last night in Los Angeles at Mann’s Chinese 6 theater. Touted as a coming of age teen flick based upon the novel by C.D. Payne, the story centers on likable Nick Twisp (Cera) who falls for the desirable Sheeni Saunders (newbie Portia Doubleday), but they are forced to contend with those trying to keep them apart. Enter Francois, Nick’s more daring alter ego determined to not let anything or anyone stand in the way of what he wants-Sheeni. Quite a departure from the mild-mannered, awkward characters that Cera traditionally takes on, and doing double duty playing both characters as well. However, in taking on the roles, there were “not really challenges. I had a great guy (Arteta) to do it with,” he pointed out to me. And about his hair being styled by Pauly D of Jersey Shore Cera remarked that “just being around that cast is fun. They are exactly how they are on the show.” If that’s the case, beware of hot tubs when in their vicinity! The animated Justin Long chatted with me about how he got into speaking German with Michael Cera while on set and chose to remain tight lipped about his love Drew Barrymore, but that didn’t stop her from entering the back door of the theater where she patiently waited for him while he finished the press line. Also on hand were Desperate Housewives’ Jesse Metcalf who told me,”I love Michael’s quirky personality and his comedic timing,” Jean Smart who joyfully exclaimed that she had just recently adopted a new baby and “Was over the moon,” John C. Reilly, Ed Helms, and the film’s composer John Swihart who scored the music to next week’s 100th episode of How I Met Your Mother which happens to be a musical. You know Neil Patrick Harris will rock that one out! After the movie, we headed over to the after party at Green Door where Cera added a school backpack to his outfit reaffirming his underage appearance (even though he is clearly 21!), Superman aka Brandon Routh enjoyed the Monster Energy drink sponsored fete and mingled with guests, and Long and Barrymore happily took in each others’ company for the rest of the night.
Another bonus to this flick is that the furry four legged star in the movie Albert, played by the lovable Oscar who is a terrier mix, was rescued from a shelter after battling starvation and being attacked by coyotes. Love when the underdog comes out on the Red Carpet!
Dimension Films’ Youth in Revolt opens in theaters on January 8, 2010.
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