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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,281,286, 21 March 2010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Nick Twisp's eyes are brown. Francois Dillinger's eyes are light blue. 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: I Want To Tickle Your Belly Button... From The Inside
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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

Version of Youth in Revolt (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Not Awesome. Not Awful. Just Average..
20 September 2010 | by Joe_RegularSee 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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