Youth in Revolt

  • Directors: Miguel Arteta
  • Producers: David Permut
  • Writers: C D Payne, Gustin Nash
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Actors: Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Jean Smart, Mary Kay Place, M Emmet Walsh, Zach Galifianakis, with Justin Long, special appearance by Fred Willard, and Ray Liotta, and Steve Buscemi

Nick Twisp (Michael Cera) is a cynical sex-obsessed 16-year-old who, while on vacation in a trailer park, meets Sheeni Saunders (Portia Doubleday), an intellectual. The only things really standing in his way are Sheeni’s poetry-writing ex-boyfriend Trent (Jonathan B. Wright), Nick’s temperamental divorced parents (Steve Buscemi and Jean Smart), and Nick’s mom’s boyfriends (Zach Galifianakis and Ray Liotta). When Nick realizes she is not interested, he comes up with an alter-ego, named Francois, 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 ends up making Nick a wanted criminal, everything spins out of control.

Sweet Home Alabama

  • Directors: Andy Tennant
  • Producers: David Brown, Michael Tolkin
  • Writers: Douglas J Eboch, C Jay Cox
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey, Fred Ward, Candice Bergen, Mary Kay Place

The story is a love triangle involving two childhood Alabama sweethearts who married but became estranged, Jake Perry (Josh Lucas) and Melanie Smooter (Reese Witherspoon), and Melanie’s longtime boyfriend Andrew Hennings (Patrick Dempsey).

Melanie is a successful fashion designer. When she becomes engaged to Andrew, the son of the mayor of New York City (Candice Bergen), Melanie announces that she has to go back home alone to Alabama to tell her parents in person. Her private reason is to demand a divorce from Jake. She has not told Andrew that she is still married.

Jake refuses to divorce her until she goes down to the bar and gets really drunk. She begins to spill everyone’s secrets, the more important of them being Bobby Ray’s homosexuality and her pregnancy with Jake that was the cause of their split, which Jake has yet to get over. Jake takes her out of the bar, and refusing to let her drive home in her current state, takes her keys off her, says goodnight to his ‘hot date,’ and drives her home. When she wakes up the next morning, the divorce papers are laying on her bed signed by Jake.

Melanie learns that Jake had once gone to New York City to try to find her, to say sorry and to tell her that he loved her. That night they go to a dance, on her way out she sees the sign saying “dog cemetery.” She goes down to say an emotional goodbye and to apologize to Bear. Jake sees her heading in that direction and slowly makes his way there. Melanie is saying “…I bet you sat there wondering what you had done wrong” and to announce his presence, Jake says “I told him it was my fault.” They proceed to sit down and talk about the baby they lost and have the conversation they should have had years ago had they wanted to stay together for the years in between. Jake gives a blessing for Melanie to have a good life with Andrew, but Melanie says she can’t do it and they kiss. For a moment Jake goes along with it, but he appreciates that they aren’t married anymore and he pushes her away and tells her to go home.

As the credits roll, the audience can see pictures of after the wedding. They see that Melanie and Jake have a little girl, they have opened a shop in a city and are living quite happily together.