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Youth in Revolt (2009)

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Youth in Revolt is a 2009 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Miguel Arteta and written by Gustin Nash. Based on C.D. Payne’s epistolary novel of the same name, the film stars Michael Cera and Portia Doubleday, with Justin Long, Ray Liotta, and Steve Buscemi in supporting roles.

The film follows shy and lonely teenager Nick desperate to lose his virginity. While on a trailer park holiday with his mother and her boyfriend, he meets an attractive girl and is immediately smitten. When the two are separated Nick must learn how to rebel in order to be with the girl he loves.

Shy, socially inept teenager Nick Twisp lives with his mother, Estelle, and her boyfriend, Jerry, in Oakland, California. After selling a faulty car to a group of sailors, Jerry takes Estelle and Nick to a trailer park in Clearlake where Nick meets Sheeni Saunders, a bright young woman his age, with an interest in French culture and who shares Nick’s musical taste. Despite Sheeni’s boyfriend, Trent Preston, they become romantically involved. Nick purchases a dog for Sheeni named Albert, but the dog rips up the family’s property and Sheeni’s parents ban it from the house.

Jerry needs to return to Oakland and takes Estelle and Nick with him. Sheeni promises to arrange a job in Ukiah for Nick’s father, George, while Nick will get his mother to kick him out so he can return to Sheeni. Back at home, Nick creates an alter-ego named François Dillinger, a suave, rebellious troublemaker. Immediately after Nick makes the decision, Jerry dies of a heart attack.

Director: Miguel Arteta

Writers: Gustin Nash (screenplay), C.D. Payne (novel)

Stars: Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Jean Smart, Justin Long, Ray Liotta, Steve Buscemi, Zach Galifianakis


Michael CeraNick Twisp / Francois
Portia DoubledaySheeni Saunders
Jean SmartEstelle Twisp
Zach GalifianakisJerry
Erik KnudsenLefty
Adhir KalyanVijay Joshi
Steve BuscemiGeorge Twisp
Fred WillardMr. Ferguson
Ari GraynorLacey
Ray LiottaLance Wescott
Justin LongPaul Saunders
Rooney MaraTaggarty
Jade FuscoBernice Lynch
Lise LacasseMatron
M. Emmet WalshMr. Saunders
Mary Kay PlaceMrs. Saunders
Jonathan B. WrightTrent (as Jonathan Bradford Wright)
Michael CollinsOld Man
Gregory F. AndersonSailor #1 (as Greg Anderson)
Connell BrownSailor #2
Randy GodwinOfficer #1
Tony FanningOfficer #2
Oscar the DogAlbert
Francine RousselHeadmistress
Chuy ChávezIllegal Immigrant #1
Miguel ArtetaIllegal Immigrant #2
Bruce LawsonOfficer A. Fanning
Sudhi RajagopalOfficer T. Cahill
Roz MusicStore Clerk
Christa B. AllenTeenage Girl
Trevor Duke-MoretzJock Guy (as Trevor Duke)
JoAnn Fregalette JansenSheeni Consultant (as JoAnn Jansen)
Arnaud CrowtherFrench Student #1
Danielle Nicole CzirmerFrench Student #2
Sara CicilianStudent
Stephanie DunlapStudent
Dan EppleyStudent
Jimmy MeroStudent
James PaulStreet Pedestrian
C.D. PayneNeighbor on porch

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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