I know I am far from alone when I say that I love Michael Cera and almost everything I’ve seen him in (with Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist as a glaring exception). That said, it seems that I hear more and more about how he can’t play any role other than the polite, charming puppy dog who delivers lines with a towel-dried wit and a lot of bumbling ellipses.
The trailer for Youth In Revolt is hard evidence against such claims. He plays the character of Nick Twisp, who at first happens to be a prime example of Cera staying in his comfort zone. But in order to attract attention from his new trailer park neighbor, Sheeni (Portia Doubleday), Nick creates the bad-boy alter-ego, Francois Dillinger who bears a strong and stinky confidence, the weight of which only a moustache can support.
I am very excited for this movie and what it could do for Cera in regard to getting him a little more breathing room in his roles. Plus, it’s another R-rated comedy! Thank goodness that dry spell is over and people aren’t afraid to say “Fuck” over and over in a comedy agian. I only hope Francois’ language is as filthy as his moustache. Find out in January!