Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Introducing The D.A.N.Y.E. System

After much thought and deliberation, I have finally created a rating scale to judge movies on. It hits on all major aspects of a movie (Dialogue, Awe Factor, Nudity, "Yes" Factor and Entertainment Level), and after reading through it, should give you a better insight as to whether or not this movie will be appealing to you. So, without further ado, the first ever D.A.N.Y.E. review for....

Youth In Revolt

Dialogue- As is the case with most Micheal Cera films, this movie was jam-packed with smart, witty dialect, that comes at you so quickly and effortlessly that if you don't pay close attention, can fly right over your head. It's not like "Superbad", in the sense that you won't find yourself reciting one-liners as you leave the theater, but it is extremely well written. One thing about the script that I found to be a little odd was that every teenager in the movie (which took place in California) spoke fluent French. Aside from that, and Cera/Doubleday's mutual love for and use of vinyl records in 2010, I thought it was very realistic in terms of the way the "teenagers" spoke to each other and interacted. The funniest lines of the movie were from Nick Twisp's (Cera) supplementary persona, Francois Dillinger, and my favorite quotes were when Francois says to Sheeni "I want to tickle your belly button.... from the inside," and "I'm going to wrap your legs around my head and wear you like the crown that you are." It was great to see Cera step out of his normal comfort zone (nerdy, shy etc.) and talk with some diction and authority at certain times during the film.
"Awe" or "Awful" factor- In this case, awe. Wasn't blown away by this movie, but at the same time, I didn't go into it expecting to be. Kind of like the feeling you get whenever the San Antonio Spurs win the title. Not the flashiest team, doesn't always make your jaw drop, but at the end of the day gets the job done and wins championships. Except this movie is way more enjoyable to watch then any Spurs team I've ever seen, but you get the picture.
The movie itself certainly wasn't that original. Classic underdog story where the nerdy guy falls for the hotter girl, and has to fight, and in this case rebel, for her love. In fact, I feel like I've seen this exact character in almost every other role Cera has done. But you know what? It works. Kind of like the old saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." There isn't a more appropriate phrase to describe Cera's acting career. We'll see how long he can last, and I'll put the over/under at 6 for how many more times he can pull off the socially awkward 18 year old. But for now, I can't knock the hustle.

Nudity- Despite Youth In Revolt's "R" rating, there was no nudity in the film.

Spoiler Alert!
Cera's character does ultimately loose his virginity to Sheeni at the end of the movie, but it is shot in a very edited for T.V. manner.

Yes Factor- To me, the "yes" factor means a few different things. Does this movie leave you feeling good inside? Do you find yourself rooting for the main character/wishing it was you in the movie? It's more of a feeling you get after watching something, and you just know whether or not the movie gets the job done for you. Although this movie will most likely not go down in history as a classic, it still had that "Yes Factor" for me. Definitely re-watchable, which is an underrated characteristic when it comes to movies. Also, any time for find yourself genuinely rooting for a character it is a good sign that the writers have done their job well. Maybe it was the whole concept of summer love mixed with overcoming absurd obsticles such as burning down buildings, destroying cars, and cross dressing, just to make love work that did it for me.

Entertainment Level- I give "Youth In Revolt" a 8 out of 10 when it comes to how entertaining it was. Maybe it was because I was too hungover to truly take note and think critically about it, but it was all I could ask for. Justin Long (who plays a mushroom loving 25 year old) steals every scene that he is in. Whether it be drugging his ΓΌber religious parents before Thanksgiving Dinner, talking to Nick Twist about their "past lives", or stealing Steve Buscemi's girlfriend, he brings a much needed #2 funny man to the movie. Also, don't expect much from "that dude from the Hangover," his role in the movie is very minor.
What makes this movie work on so many levels is the fact that you want the main character to succeed so badly, and his dire sense of urgency to be with the one he loves is something we can all relate too.

"It's time to be bad"


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