Nick Twisp, played by Michael Cera, is a bit of a loner, the guy in your class who seems sweet, sheltered and absolutely presentable to your parents, should you wish to partake in social suicide by dating him . He has only one friend, “Lefty”, who creepily hovers over his thoughts of himself and his crush. Nick’s mother, a dirtbag-magnet has picked another winner in her beau Jerry, a representation of what Kevin Federline will look like in ten years, who lands the family in a ditch when he angers some sailors over a dodgy car deal. Apparently, sailors are an intimidating lot, forcing the dysfunctional Twisp unit to flee to a trailer park. Enter Sheeni Saunders, played by Portia Doubleday. Nick is immediately besotted, and the pair quickly form a romance, however, Sheeni can’t commit. She uses the manipulative charms of her doe-eyes, and bikini clad body to lure Nick away from his nice guy image.
Thinking that Sheeni is “the one” who will also be the girl to finally take his virginity, Nick creates an alter ego named Francois. When complications arise, such as Sheeni moving away to another school, the audience follows the adventures Nick and Francois take in order to be by Sheeni’s side; no matter how dangerous the mission may be.
Whilst watching Francois ruin Nick’s life, reputation and criminal record has it’s entertaining, belly-button tickling moments, the movie is highly predictable and caught somewhere between indie-pendant and commercial, Superbad style comedy. I say wait for the DVD and download the cheery soundtrack.