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Youth in Revolt (2009)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  8 January 2010 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Twisp
Paul Saunders
Lise Lacasse ...


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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The revolution begins January 8 See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

8 January 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La chica de mis sueños  »

Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,888,334 (USA) (8 January 2010)


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Justin Long was in Superbad with Michael Cera. Unfortunately, his scene was cut. See more »


In the scene where Nick is writing a letter to Bernice, he writes right to left, not left to right, and he positions his hand in a way very common to left-handed people (with his wrist above the writing, so as not to smudge what he's already written with his hand). See more »


Mrs. Saunders: You're the devil and that dog is a hell-beast!
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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 »


References The Longshots (2008) See more »


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Nice, intelligent comedy
24 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Michael Cera is a great actor, and this movie is no different. Youth in Revolt is more subtle than you would think, given the title and premise.

Nick is a 16 year old with not many friends, a screwed up family, and worst of all, he is a virgin. Upon meeting Sheeni, he falls in love with her instantly, and will do anything to be with her. This involves creating an alter ego, and becoming an outlaw.

My only real complaint is that it seemed to me that they put just enough F-words in this to get it rated R. The swearing could have been cut down to make this PG-13, to appeal to a broader audience.

This is a simple teen comedy, but adults will like it too, it's very well written with a good plot, good actors that fit their characters, and plenty of laughs. Check it out, you won't regret it.

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