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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 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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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 »

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Trivia

Justin Long plays Portia Doubleday's (Sheeni) older brother in this film. In real life he dated her older sister Kaitlin Doubleday. The two also played a couple in the Waiting... (2005). 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

Estelle Twisp: I need that child support money to eat.
Nick Twisp and Francois Dillinger: Shouldn't you need that child support money to support your child?
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Crazy Credits

During the credits an animated segment shows what happened following Nick's arrest. See more »

Connections

References Grease (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

I Willn't Be a Prisoner
Written by Kyle Field
Performed by Little Wings
Courtesy of Kow-Yr-Own
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I need to craft an alternate personality for myself now.
11 January 2011 | by garyvanhornSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

8 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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