Thursday, January 21, 2010

Youth in Revolt review

When Jake and I were in Santa Rosa last Saturday we went and saw Youth in Revolt. I can't say that I highly recommend this movie. It had some funny parts and all, but it just wasn't that entertaining. My biggest complaint has to do with the location of where the movie takes place. First, let me preface by saying that I'm still trying to adjust to small town living in Lake County and when we go all the way to Santa Rosa, part of the thrill is that we're in a place completely different from where we actually live. So please imagine my disappointment when I found out the entire movie took place in Lake County. Granted, nothing actually resembled Lake County and I guarantee that nobody in the movie even visited the area before writing the script. How do I know this you might ask?? Because the plot centers around this boy's summer adventures on a family trip to Clearlake and somewhere in the midst of things, he ends up living in Ukiah, yet he's still able to walk to his girlfriend's house in Clearlake. Here are the reasons that this is not even feasible. From Ukiah, the closest part of the lake (Nice) is at least 30 minutes away. 30 minutes if you're DRIVING. Sorry movie makers, you messed up on this one and it drove me crazy the entire movie. I was also annoyed by the fact the movie basically tells young people that they can be complete idiots and do illegal things, but it won't really effect their life at all. And another thing...I think Michael Cera (the lead character) is funny, but how many times can you play the exact same character? I think it would be in his best interest to change it up a bit. Anyway, I'm not a movie expert, but I doubt this one is going to get much praise (even from people that weren't bothered by the geography of the film).

1 comment:

Margie said...

My interest is peaked by the fact that the movie was filmed in the area. I'm not interested in folks being bozo's though, and especially if it involves youth taking risks. Thats just the mama in me. I will have to view this item though, if for no other reason than to see the mountains and the lovely greenery.
Fret not, one day you will ask yourself, "How did I get so lucky to live in such a beautiful, peaceful place?"
Trust me.