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WATCH: Michael Cera's Directorial Debut 'Brazzaville Teen-Ager' Premieres on YouTube (VIDEO)

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! April 23, 2013 at 2:23PM

YouTube comedy collective JASH premiered Canadian actor Michael Cera's directorial debut "Brazzaville Teen-Ager," a dramatic short film that represents a slight -- keyword: slight -- departure from the "Arrested Development" star's endearingly awkward shtick.
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YouTube comedy collective JASH premiered on Monday Canadian actor Michael Cera's directorial debut "Brazzaville Teen-Ager," a dramatic short film that represents a slight -- keyword: slight -- departure from the "Arrested Development" star's endearingly awkward shtick. 

The story of a boy who must aid his ailing father, the film -- billed as a dramedy -- is based on a 1960s short story by Bruce Jay Friedman, who collaborated with Cera on the screenplay. Also featured in the film is R&B star Kelis, as well as Jack O'Connell from the UK iteration of TV's young adult drama "Skins." Watch "Brazzaville Teen-Ager" below.

Another departure for Cera is his portrayal of himself in comedy raunchfest "This is the End," whose writer-directors Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen screened some hilarious footage at CinemaCon. In the movie, a large ensemble play versions of themselves facing the apocalypse, including Cera, Rogen, Emma Watson, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Jay Baruchel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mindy Kaling, Kevin Hart and Danny McBride. Let's just say that some of them don't make it.


This article is related to: Michael Cera, Shorts, Short Film, comedy, Seth Rogen, Michael Cera


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.