American Teen (2008)Documentary
July 25, 2008 (Limited)
Rated PG-13 for some strong language, sexual material, some drinking and brief smoking--all involving teens
"American Teen" is the touching and hilarious Sundance hit that follows the lives of five teenagers - a jock, a popular girl, a heartthrob, an artsy girl and a geek – in one small town in Indiana through their senior year of high school. We see the insecurities, the cliques, the jealousies, the first loves and heartbreaks, and the struggle to make profound decisions about the future.
Filming daily for ten months, filmmaker Nanette Burstein ("On... Full synopsis »
In an era where "Real World" and "The Hills" have made reality skewed, it's only fitting that we get a documentary called American Teen, which looks to examine the real "real" world. Strangely enough, the movie does still represent high school as a lot more dramatic and interesting than when I attended. Then again, I wasn't the most social of beings in high school and really don't fit into any of the five categories that director Nanette Burstein establishes: the Prom Queen, the Heartthrob, the Jock, the Rebel and the Geek. Full movie review »