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Youth in Revolt (2009)

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While his trailer trash parents teeter on the edge of divorce, Nick Twisp sets his sights on dream girl Sheeni Saunders, hoping that she'll be the one to take away his virginity.

Director:

Miguel Arteta

Writers:

Gustin Nash (screenplay), C.D. Payne (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Cera ... Nick Twisp / Francois
Portia Doubleday ... Sheeni Saunders
Jean Smart ... Estelle Twisp
Zach Galifianakis ... Jerry
Erik Knudsen ... Lefty
Adhir Kalyan ... Vijay Joshi
Steve Buscemi ... George Twisp
Fred Willard ... Mr. Ferguson
Ari Graynor ... Lacey
Ray Liotta ... Lance Wescott
Justin Long ... Paul Saunders
Rooney Mara ... Taggarty
Jade Fusco ... Bernice Lynch
Lise Lacasse Lise Lacasse ... Matron
M. Emmet Walsh ... Mr. Saunders
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Storyline

At 16, Nick Twisp is wry about his teen funk: he lives in Oakland with his sex-addled mother; his father's child support is her meal ticket. While camping in Ukiah, Nick meets Sheeni: for him, it's love at first sight. Nick has to figure out how to get his father a job in Ukiah, then how to get sent to live with his father, then how to get close to Sheeni, whose religious parents may want her sent away from temptation to a boarding school. There's also Sheeni's all-American boyfriend to contend with. Overwhelmed by the challenges, Nick's about to give up when he conjures an alter ego who whispers revolt into his ear. Nick is not altogether hapless, but can this end well? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

He Wasn't a Rebel Until He Found His Cause. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language and drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

8 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La chica de mis sueños See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,888,334, 10 January 2010

Gross USA:

$15,281,286

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,651,093
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Part of this movie was filmed in an actual Trailer Park in Wixom, Michigan. See more »

Goofs

Two similar E46 BMW 3 series vehicles are clearly visible: first a 1999-2001 and after 2002-2005. You can notice the two similar vehicles with Nick Twisp (Michael Cera) faking his death. See more »

Quotes

Nick Twisp and Francois Dillinger: Sheeni, hi, nice to see you. I was just going for a walk, and I thought I'd drop by. I remembered that you lived here. I'm sorry I got so upset about Trent. It was very immature of me. I'm not normally like that. He sounds like a great guy. I'd love to hear more of his neat poetry. Say, do you want to go to the beach or get breakfast?
Sheeni Saunders: Actually I'm going on a hike. I'd ask you to come along, but you haven't got any hiking boots, provisions, survey maps, or a compass.
Nick Twisp and Francois Dillinger: Fine. I do all of my hiking ...
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits an animated segment shows Nick, his mom and Jerry on their way to their holiday home. See more »

Connections

References The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978) See more »

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Pretty Smart
Written by Eric Johnson (as Eric Ernest Johnson) and Margaret Yen
Performed by Fleshpot
Courtesy of Mamo Records
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Enjoyable but In Some Aspects Cumbersome
9 May 2011 | by gigan-92See all my reviews

Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed this film, laughed throughout in fact, but as a whole I have to be critical. Including in comparison to other films similar to its nature and when it comes to films involving teens and sex, there are many to choose from. It's been a done a million times, so it's nice to see refreshing and moderately realistic scenario and character interaction, like that of "Superbad" or "Juno". The cast, for one thing is damn amazing. There are many excellent actors, like Steve Buscemi and Ray Liotta, both did wonderfully. Zack Galifianakis and Justin Long were very well into their characters and I loved them on screen. A lot of the characters are pretty memorable, an aspect I enjoyed. I enjoyed seeing the character interaction which is the key to film-making at the base of it all. But Michael Cera as the awkward-nobody is beyond overdone. Sorry, but at this point I've seen too many times. Only when he's donning the Francois persona do I admire his performance and really embrace him as a character.

Not to mention the whole plot at a glance makes his character seem rather pathetic really. He steals cars, travels hundreds of miles, sabotages the girl's education, among many other ridiculous things all for one girl who half the time doesn't really seem to care about him that much. It's a love story I just can't connect with despite my attempts to. So check this one out for some crude laughs but not a masterpiece by any means.

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