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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Twisp
Paul Saunders
Bernice Lynch
Lise Lacasse ...
Mr. Saunders


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Every "Revolution" Needs A Leader 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 USA:

$6,888,334, 10 January 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,281,286, 21 March 2010
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


References The Hills Have Eyes II (2007) See more »


I Fell in Love
Written by Marty Wereski and Jim Latham
Performed by The Frank & Friends Big Band
Courtesy of MAR-TUNE MUSIC
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Not Awesome. Not Awful. Just Average..
20 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

This film is defiantly an "offbeat" comedy. The humour is mixed throughout as though trying to please all audiences, combining cliché "teen movie" jokes with references to obscure films and literature, most likely lost on the average "American Pie" fan. The Tone is unbalanced and the narrative goes all over the place but I suppose that is the point. Acting is well delivered from all, with Cera playing the same socially awkward, insecure guy as usual (but what's wrong with that, he's the right actor for the role)

In short: The story is predictable but that's to be expected. The dialogue between the two leads is interesting and enjoyable. Music works excellently throughout, fitting of each scene. Colour is used well. Cinematography is fine (the scene where the two meet is clichéd but always nice to see.) 5/10. Strong first act, but the rest of the film failed to sustain that level. Worth viewing at least once for fans of the Cera and/or the genre.

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