Four years after graduation, an awkward high school genius uses his sister's boyfriend's Labor Day party as the perfect opportunity to make his move on his high school crush.


Michael Dowse


Jackie Filgo (screenplay), Jeff Filgo (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Topher Grace ... Matt Franklin
Anna Faris ... Wendy Franklin
Dan Fogler ... Barry Nathan
Teresa Palmer ... Tori Frederking
Chris Pratt ... Kyle Masterson
Michael Biehn ... Bill Franklin
Jeanie Hackett Jeanie Hackett ... Libby Franklin
Lucy Punch ... Shelly
Michelle Trachtenberg ... Ashley
Demetri Martin ... Carlos
Michael Ian Black ... Pete Bering
Bob Odenkirk ... Mike
Angie Everhart ... Trish Anderson
Jay Jablonski ... Benji
Edwin Hodge ... Bryce


It's the late 1980s, when Wall Street is riding high, and it seems as if the entire country is cashing in on the bumper profits. Disgusted with the materialism that surrounds him, Matt Franklin, a brilliant young MIT graduate, has walked out on his well-paid position at a local lab and taken a low-level job as a video clerk, much to his father Bill's consternation. And the crises keep piling up in Matt's life. His best buddy Barry has just gotten fired from his job, his brainy sister Wendy is getting hitched to her vapid boyfriend Kyle, and the gorgeous Tori Frederking, long-time object of Matt's unattainable adoration, is suddenly back in the picture. Now, on one wild, woolly and irresponsible evening, everything is coming to a head, with explosive results. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Best. Night. Ever.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Anna Faris (Wendy Franklin) and Chris Pratt (Kyle Masterson) met during the making of this film and married a year later. They have a child named Jack but announced their divorce in 2017. See more »


Before Matt and Tori get on the trampoline, Matt sets down the bottle of wine and it falls over. When they both get off the trampoline, the bottle can be seen upright on the ground. See more »


Carlos: Can you guys move? I'm trying to fuckin' party here.
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References Student Bodies (1981) See more »


Alrock's Bells
Written by Ira Kaplan
Performed by Yo La Tengo
Courtesy of Matador Records
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A very good movie that is a close as you can get to a John Hughes movie with out actually being one. I say B+
17 July 2011 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

"Matt, take a shot at something, don't think about it too much. Just take the shot." When the girl that Matt (Grace) has had a crush on since high school comes in to the video store where he works he decides its finally his chance to make a move. Matt's best friend and sister decide to help him in any way they can. I enjoyed this, but it wasn't what I expected. Judging by the preview for this I was expecting more of a straight comedy, while this had funny moments, it was a little more dramatic then I expected. This movie was set in the 80's, and I think that was to add a little something different to the over done plot, since the 80's aspect was not really discussed at all. This movie had the feel of a John Hughes movie, and was very fun to watch. Not really anything new, but Topher Grace and Anna Faris are a good pick for brother and sister, and the guy who plays Matt's best friend is really funny and over the top in this. Overall, a really good movie that is fun to watch, but the type of movie that has been done over and over, not usually as good as this one though. I give it a B+.

Would I watch again? - I might.

*Also Try - Sixteen Candles

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Release Date:

4 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Young Americans See more »


Box Office


$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,464,679, 6 March 2011

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2.35 : 1
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