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Genre: Comedy
Starring: Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Jonathan B. Wright, Steve Buscemi, Jean Smart, Zach Galifianakis, Ray Liotta, Justin Long, Fred Willard, Mary Kay Place
Director: Miguel Arteta
Rating: M18 (Sexual Scenes And Sexual References)
Year Made: 2009





Languages: English
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 26 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Alliance Entertainment




Nick Twisp is a 16-year-old who is an outcast of his generation. He meets Sheeni Sounders, an intellectual and beautiful girl. The only things really standing in his way are Sheeni's poetry-writing ex-boyfriend Trent, Nick's temperamental divorced parents and Nick's mom's boyfriends. When Nick realizes she is not interested , he comes up with an alter-ego named Francois Dillinger who resembles Nick but has blue eyes, a mustache, a deeper voice and a player/bad boy attitude to help him with his pursuit of Sheeni. But when Francois makes Nick a wanted criminal, everything spins out of control.


After much contemplation, this reviewer has finally come to terms with the fact that he won’t be Prince Charming material – ever. There are only so many Zac Efrons, Channing Tatums and Chad Michael Murrays the world can have. So he turns to the next best alternative – to be the loveable loser. No dashing good looks, no sculpted hot bod, no killer flashy smile – just a charming personality to sweep girls off their feet. So we have this young actor Michael Cera who seems to be hogging those roles which define the loveable loser (Juno, Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, Paper Heart), and in this movie based on C D Payne’s novel, he does what he does best, and further becomes an inspiration to this reviewer.

The Canadian actor plays Nick Twisp, who wants nothing more that his dream girl Sheeni Saunders to be the girl to take away his virginity. There are better looking guys who are obviously better choices for the sweet young thing, so how will this skinny and scrawny dude edge his way through? He has the help of his alter ego Francois DIllinger, who sports a sophisticated accent and a suave moustache. With other problems like quarrelling parents and college woes, will our hero be able to come out triumphant?

Everyone loves a loser turned champion story plot, which is why this tale of fighting all odds to become the cool dude is a winner. And yes, Cera does a great job of translating that awkwardness on screen. Sure, viewers will be reminded of his previous roles in movies (the soft spoken, timid and sometimes cowardly character), but there is something in all of us which connects with an underdog tale.

It also helps that the quirky and sometimes darkly funny approach to the movie is a nice departure from those saccharine sweet teen dramas. While we hear that the source material is far more superior to this screen adaptation, we are not complaining because we were suitably entertained for 86 whole minutes. The chaotic and hilarious twists and turns of events may not be what most consider realistic, but the make believe elements are what most of us wish to escape to sometimes, just to get away from the stressful despair of the real world.

Cera is joined by a motley crew of actors who seem to have fun being in this production. There is the somewhat alluringly seductive Portia Doubleday who plays Twisp’s dream girl, the almost obnoxious Jean Smart who plays his trailer trash mother and the loud and crass Ray Liotta who takes over the role of the man of Twisp’s house. Also, watch out for the comical Justin Long in a hilarious cameo.

When the end credits roll, you’d realise it is not that bad being a loser, a loveable one, that is.




There is nothing to complain about the movie's visual transfer. It is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 English.



Review by John Li

Posted on 2 August 2010


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