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Awkward, Stammering Nebbish Ladies' Man

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | December 9, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | December 9, 2009 |

As studios are wont to do when they blow the trailer load too early in the game, Dimension Films has seen fit to follow up its first two trailers with a Red Band version, so that we might all revel in a little profanity. It’s funny because your mother might tsk tsk.

That said: I want to like this movie. I love coming-of-age films more than anything in the whole world that doesn’t start with a P end with an O and play risc in between. By all accounts, C.D. Payne’s Nick Twisp novels are great source material, too. Director Miguel Arteta is unknown, but promising, and screenwriter Gustin Nash (dude, buy a “D”) wrote the wonderful but overlooked Charlie Bartlett.

So what’s the problem? You people are the fucking problem. The Pajiba fucking readership, who have planted this “Michael Cera blows green chicken peen” seed into my head. Presumably, it would’ve come to me eventually, but now — thanks to the Cera blowback in these parts — I can’t watch him without thinking he’s obnoxiously playing the exact same part with the exact same mannerisms, which has gotten really fucking old. Year One, of course, didn’t help matters — talk about sucking green chicken peen.

Anyway, here’s that Red Band trailer. I’m still on the fence, but — for the moment — I’m leaning toward: Could be decent.

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