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[[caption-width-right:350:MichaelCera, but not [[MagnificentBastard quite like]] [[SplitPersonality you know him]].]]

->'''[[RealityEnsues In the movies the good guy gets the girl. In real life it's usually the prick]]'''

->'''[[SplitPersonality Francois]]''': I'm gonna wrap your legs around my head and wear you like the crown that you are.
->'''[[{{Adorkable}} Nicky]]''': If that's okay with you.

A film about Nick Twisp, an UnluckyEverydude who's unhappy with his position in life. But everything changes for him once his mother's current boyfriend owes a great deal of money; they flee the town on vacation to Clearlake and stay at a trailer park. There he meets Sheeni Saunders. [[spoiler: Despite already having a boyfriend in the form of Trent Preston, a JerkJock who writes [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible deep poetry]], the two hit it off]].

Once the vacations ends and Nick has to head back home, Sheeni and Nick formulate a plan: [[spoiler: Sheeni will try to have Nick's father move to a town near her, and Nick will start acting out in order for his mother to kick him out and have him move in with his father]]. Once Sheeni finishes off her part of the plan, Nick gets creative with his: he creates an [[SplitPersonality alter ego]] in the form of [[EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench Francois]], a BadAss [[SmokingIsCool smoker]] who is [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys everything Nick imagines Sheeni wants]].

The trouble is things [[GoneHorriblyRight go exactly as planned]].

Starring MichaelCera as [[TypeCasting Nick]]/[[PlayingAgainstType Francois]].

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!!''YouthInRevolt'' provides examples of:
* AbhorrentAdmirer: The girl at Sheeni's French prep school becomes disturbingly attached to Nick after he sends her a few flattering letters ([[ManipulativeBastard to manipulate her]]).
** Possibly [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] when she starts doodling pictures in her notebook. She appears to depict herself as an [[SelfDeprecatingHumor amorphous-octopus-blob... thing]].
* ADateWithRosiePalms: The first scene of the movie is of Nick finishing up...
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: The reason why Nick creates Francois is because Sheeni requests that Nick be "very, very bad." [[spoiler: He complies and she wants him more than Trent after burning down half his town]].
* [[spoiler: AManIsNotAVirgin: Subverted. Sheeni pegs him as one almost immediately.]]
* AnimatedCreditsOpening
* AntiquatedLinguistics: The juvenile characters astonishingly retain a sophisticated nomenclature.
** Of course, Nick wants to be a writer and this quality isn't terribly uncommon in them - particularly in young ones.
* BrandX: There is a fast food restaurant called "[=McDanold=]'s."
* BriefAccentImitation: Vijay, Nick's friend with a (possibly Indo) British accent, pretends to have an Indian accent in order to pretend to be a refugee.
* CaliforniaDoubling: A bizarre inversion. The film is set in various California locations- Oakland, Clearlake, Berkeley, Ukiah, etc. Yet it was filmed entirely in ''Michigan'', with some reshoots in Louisiana. Obviously, Michigan looks nothing like California, though it could be said that the exact setting of the story is unimportant.
* DisneyAcidSequence: After Nick takes 'shrooms. Playing a little loose on the "Disney" part...
* DisproportionateRetribution: Nick [[spoiler: burns down half his town. His punishment is three months in juvie]].
** This being a subversion of typical Disproportionate Retribution, since, in this case, Nick [[spoiler: caused an explosion in the vicinity of many people, countless resultant automobile collisions and accidents, and seemingly unlimited property damage...and yet somehow he gets off the hook when one would expect him to be in prison for life]].
*** [[spoiler: While it may a be a light punishment Nick is a minor, he legally can't get a life sentence.]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Apparently so. [[spoiler: Nick wins Sheeni's love, and she agrees to wait for him while he's in juvie. Whatever he may have done, no one can say he didn't work to earn her love.... But, if you keep watch during the credits, a cartoon epilogue scene plays where Nick escapes from juvenile hall and finds Sheeni driving down the road, so then he gets in the car with her and they fly around the world.]]
** Not to mention that everyone from Nick's deadbeat parents to Francois seems to have given them their blessing, in spite of everything that's occurred...
* EasilyForgiven: [[spoiler: Sheeni forgives Nick at the end and agrees to wait for him while he's in juvie. After he got her expelled from the school she had always wanted to attend by having a girl drug her so she'd fall asleep in class]].
* FanService: Sheeni in her bikini and sleepwear, Taggarty in her sexy black underwear. And, for Michael Cera fans, he spends a fair amount of the movie bare-chested and/or in boxers.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Nick and Francois successfully act out, but it results in [[spoiler: burning down half the town with his mother's car]]. Though Nick gets what he wants, by the end he has to deal with the consequences.
* HormoneAddledTeenager: Nick ''really'' wants to get laid. He comments when narrating about his parents and their partners that he's the only one who isn't getting any.
* JekyllAndHyde
* JerkAss: Jerry, Trent.
** Hell even Nick for that matter
* LaserGuidedKarma: Jerry screws over a trio of sailors by selling them a car that immediately breaks down. [[spoiler: They respond by disassembling the car, and reassembling it piece by piece in his living room]].
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Addressed, but subverted by the end.
-->'''Nick''': [[spoiler: I can feel in my heart that Sheeni is in love with me, not with some fantasy lover in a French romantic novel but me, Nick Twisp. It's funny, after all that, Nick Twisp was enough.]]
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Sheeni Saunders who helps Nick Twisp be free-spirited and leads him into a psychosis.
* PaperThinDisguise: Nick in [[WholesomeCrossdresser a wig and a dress]] as "Carlotta" easily fools Sheeni's parents. [[spoiler: But not Trent]].
* ReallyGetsAround: Sheeni's roommate, Taggarty. She takes photos of the guys she sleeps with, pins them on her bulletin board, and gives them grades.
* ScareChord: An organ chord plays when Trent pulls out the letter incriminating Nick, only for the camera to reveal that it was just Mrs. Saunders, [[MushroomSamba high on mushrooms]], [[SorryILeftTheBGMOn exploring the organ]].
* SexAsRiteOfPassage
* ShirtlessScene: 1/3rd of the film has MichaelCera shirtless.
* SplitPersonality: By Nick's choosing.
* StalkingIsLove: [[spoiler: Trent]] eventually comes to believe this.
* TravelMontage: In the form of [[ArtShift animations]].
* VinylShatters: Francois breaks his vinyls apart.
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