Michael Cera gets to cut loose a bit as Nick Twisp and Francois Dillinger in this deranged teen romance based on the C.D. Payne novel. Nick is a shy, nebbish kid who must go off to a trailer park for the summer when his mother’s boyfriend (Zach Galifianakis) gets threatened by angry sailors. There, he meets Sheeni (Portia Doubleday), instantly falls in love, and creates an alter ego (Francois) to perform dirty deeds. The film is at its best when Cera’s Francois is onscreen, mainly because it’s cool to see Cera doing something different. This is one of those movies in which the really funny stuff was in the previews, although the remainder of the film is good enough for a look-see. This isn’t amazing, but it’s pretty good for an early-year release.
Director: Miguel Arteta
Producer: David Permut, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein and Nan Morales
Cast: Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Jean Smart, Steve Buscemi, Zach Galifianakis, Ray Liotta, Ari Graynor, Justin Long, Fred Willard, Mary Place, Jonathan Wright, Christa B. Allen, Adhir Kalyan and Rooney Mara