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trailer break: ‘Youth in Revolt’ redband

Take a break from work: watch a trailer…

Oh my god, it’s Nice Guy(TM): The Movie! Everyone knows girls only like jerks, so wimpy, doormatish, insecure Nice Guy transforms himself into a deranged, criminal asshole in order to get the girl… and it works!

Ah fuck. Really, guys? (Because of course this movie is exclusively the creation of guys: director Miguel Arteta, screenwriter Gustin Nash, based on books by C.D. Payne.) Aren’t you tired of hearing yourselves bitch about how girls don’t like you because you’re too nice and polite and kind? When will you realize that you’re the problem, that girls just don’t like boys with no personality, no thoughts of their own, and no backbone? (See HeartlessBitches.com for a more complete feminist rant against the “nice guy.”)

Arteta previously directed Chuck and Buck and The Good Girl, which were smart, weird, subversive films that didn’t give in to the easy and the cheap like this trailer appears to. I hope the movie itself is more complicated than the trailer makes it appear to be. Obviously, though, someone thought it would be a good way to sell this film, to indulge the self-pity of timid boys.

Youth in Revolt opens in the U.S. and the U.K. on January 8, 2010.



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