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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.

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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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$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£743,932 (UK) (5 February 2010)

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$15,281,286 (USA) (19 March 2010)
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Trivia

François talks dirty to Sheeni in the boarding school ("I want to tickle your bellybutton from the inside", etc.) Director Miguel Arteta revealed on the commentary that all those lines came from researching internet porn sites. See more »

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When Nick is stealing the BMW, his father kicks the window with his foot leaving two footprints on it. After a couple of scenes the marks have moved upwards from their first location. See more »

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Nick Twisp and Francois Dillinger: Well, I'll be leaving. Please continue without me.
Trent: Nick, I would advise you to remain here and face the consequences of your actions like a man.
Nick Twisp and Francois Dillinger: Well, thank you for that unsolicited counsel, Trent, and please do drop dead.
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During the credits an animated segment shows what happened following Nick's arrest. See more »

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References The Castle of Cagliostro (1979) See more »

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Happiness Trigger
Written by Gina Kwon, Eric Johnson (as Eric Ernest Johnson) and Margaret Yen
Performed by Fleshpot
Courtesy of Mamo Records
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I need to craft an alternate personality for myself now.
11 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nothing is worse than knowing that you have met the girl of your dreams only to find out she has a boyfriend that is so unbelievably superior to you that you have no chance to win her over. That is exactly what happens to Nick Twisp (Michael Cera), but instead of meekly accepting his fate like a good little nerd he decides to fight back by creating a persona his French-loving would-be girlfriend cannot resist, Francois Dillinger. Francois appears periodically throughout the film to offer advice and, more often, take control of the situation by flagrantly defying authority or bringing his bad boy machismo into play.

I imagine Francois is what every stock French resistance fighter was like when he was sixteen with no war to fight; well dressed in gleaming white slacks and sandals, sporting a casual-looking button down shirt, but with a thin mustache and cigarette to add mystery and mystique. The very image of Francois makes me laugh. This also happens to be the only movie where parents are the unknowing consumers of illicit narcotics and it is actually funny.


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