Youth in Revolt

Synopsis: 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?
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Miguel Arteta
Production: The Weinstein Company
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

My name is Nick.

My last name, which I loathe,

is Twisp.

Which would be a nice name...

...if I planned on becoming

an evil nurse in a mental institution.

I am a voracious reader

of classic prose... aspiring novelist...

...and feel the world would be

a better place...

...if every radio station played

Sinatra's "My One and Only Love"... least once an hour.

Needless to say, I'm still a virgin.

I live in Oakland

with my charming mother.

- Estelle...

- Her latest boyfriend, Jerry... a truck driver

and pathological liar.

If a woman answered the phone,

it was probably just the maid.

He's a real prize.

I'm gonna bite you.


- Hi, Nick.

- Hi.

- Have three more for you.

- Oh, thanks, Mr. Ferguson.

Our neighbor Mr. Ferguson likes to

bring us mail from our mailbox.

He's a former activist with

a bleeding heart and too much time.

He's always getting arrested

for staging protests...

...and harboring illegal aliens

in his basement.

He's a good man, but very strange.

My dad is currently in between jobs.

He would love

to not have to work at all...

...but he's burdened with crippling

child-support payments.

When am I gonna start getting

an allowance?

I'm getting tired of not having

a cell phone.

I'm afraid you're gonna have to

work it out with your mom.

- Lacey is Dad's girlfriend.

- Baby...

...I cooked for you.

- You made me a snack.

- Come here.

She's 25

and a budding cosmetologist.

- I love it.

- Does my baby like it?

It's amazing

and incredibly irritating to me... much action everyone

around me seems to be getting.

With one exception.

My sister saw Millie holding hands

with some college guy.

My friend Lefty's had a crush on a girl

named Millie Filbert since third grade.

He's the only person

more miserable than I am.

You know, I've been taping my dick

to my right leg at night with duct tape.

I think of Millie

in her green summery dress...

...and I get hard.

It starts to push against the tape-

Putting counter-rotational

tension on the shaft.

- Right.

- That's nice.

In case you haven't heard,

Lefty's erect member...

...takes a sudden and dramatic turn

to the east about midway up.

- War.

- Well, you might wanna get it fixed...

...before you ask Millie out.

That's very true.

What if I shove it up the wrong hole?

What if we go out

and she doesn't even like me?

We get to know each other

and she hates me?

We get married and have a kid...

...but he's not good at anything,

has no talents?

I wonder if it's worth it.

Either way, you probably wanna

get your dick straightened out.

- Is Jerry here?

- He just went out.

That hunk-of-sh*t Chevy he sold us...

...made it 17 miles

before the engine blew up.

And we found evidence of a banana

in the transmission.

So he owes us $900.

Well, I'm quite certain that he spent

that $900 on his new Lincoln.

Maybe you'd better come back

and speak with him directly.

He's a pretty stubborn man,

so you might have to get physical.

That can be arranged.

After living in Oakland

for 16 years...

...I've noticed it's filled with women

who have zero interest in me.

Hey, Karen.


Oh, right. Physics?

American History. You were close.

What is that?

Oh, La Strada. It's a Fellini movie.

So random.

They were out of Miss Congeniality 2:

Armed and Fabulous... I went for a random-

- Chad. F*** you.

- Oh, f*** you, you love it.

Hey, does that movie come with

tampons for your p*ssy?

You know, Chad,

I'll be upset if it doesn't.

In the movies,

the good guy gets the girl.

In real life it's usually the prick.

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Gustin Nash

Gustin Nash is an American screenwriter best known for writing the 2007 film Charlie Bartlett and the 2010 film Youth in Revolt. more…

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