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The Myth of the American Sleepover -- In the tradition of free-wheeling tributes to adolescence like DAZED & CONFUSED, the film follows four young people on the last night of summer - their final night of freedom before the new school year starts.
The Myth of the American Sleepover -- Four young people navigate the suburban wonderland of metro-Detroit looking for love and adventure on the last weekend of summer.
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The Myth of the American Sleepover -- Four young people navigate the suburban wonderland of metro-Detroit looking for love and adventure on the last weekend of summer.


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  (in credits order)

Claire Sloma ... Maggie

Marlon Morton ... Rob Salvati

Amanda Bauer ... Claudia

Brett Jacobsen ... Scott Holland

Nikita Ramsey ... Ady Abbey

Jade Ramsey ... Anna Abbey
Annette DeNoyer ... Beth
Wyatt McCallum ... Marcus
Mary Wardell ... Jen Holland
Douglas Diedrich ... Steven
Dane Jones ... Emma
Shayla Curran ... Janelle Ramsey
Christopher Simon ... Sean Barber
Madi Ortiz ... Avalina Height
Stephen M. Francis III ... Cameron Nichols (as Stephen Francis)
Drew Machak ... Andy

Amy Seimetz ... Julie Higgins
Kathleen McEneaney ... Katie Parke
Olivia Coté ... Mandy Salvati
Danny Agar ... Tom Higgins
Amelia Anderson ... Pam
Mai Hlee Xiong ... Susan
Hannah Nelson ... Redhead Girl
Gino Raona ... Jeff
Lauren Romanowski ... Laurie
Marnie Lewbel ... Rob's Mother
Laura Ortiz ... Avalina's Mother
Kimberly Lilly ... Dancer
Claire R. Call ... Dancer
Shelley Fager-Bajorek ... Dance Instructor
Walter McCarthy ... Drunk Kid
Peter Flannery II ... Drunk Kid's Friend
Josh Hartkorn ... Annoying Kid
Diane LaRue ... University Faculty Woman (as Diane B. LaRue)
Tiffany Bowery ... Make-out Maze Girl
Paris Bowery ... Make-out Maze Girl
Robert Harmon ... Radio Voice (voice)
Catherine Linebarger ... Radio Voice (voice)

Megan Boone ... Kerri Sullivan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Cat Navarro ... Mosquita Leading Woman
Jimmy Shin ... Mosquita Leading Man

Narisa Suzuki ... Sprite Twins

Alpha Takahashi ... Singer / Voice Actor (voice)

Louis Yuen ... Mosquita Supporting Man
Hali Lula Hudson ... Tina (uncredited)
Monica Klimczak ... Jessica (uncredited)

Melanie Leanne Miller ... Sandy (uncredited)

Michaela Myers ... Cindi (uncredited)

Jean Louise O'Sullivan ... Josie (uncredited)

Steven Sutherland ... Party Guy (uncredited)

Directed by
David Robert Mitchell 
Writing credits
David Robert Mitchell (written by)

Produced by
Justin Barber .... associate producer
Michael Ferris Gibson .... executive producer
Adele Romanski .... producer
Cherie Saulter .... associate producer
Original Music by
Kyle Newmaster 
Cinematography by
James Laxton 
Film Editing by
Julio Perez IV 
Production Design by
Jeanine Ringer  (as Jeanine Nicholas)
Art Direction by
Messina Toland 
Production Management
Paris Lewbel .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Timothy Shay .... first assistant director
Art Department
Clara Robin .... assistant art director
Sound Department
José Caldararo .... foley artist
J.M. Davey .... sound designer
J.M. Davey .... sound re-recording mixer
Bechen de Loredo .... foley/adr mixer
Al Lilly .... boom operator
John Maynard .... sound effects editor
Rodrigo Ortiz-Parraga .... foley editor
Francisco Pedemonte .... foley recordist
Zach Seivers .... sound designer
Zach Seivers .... sound re-recording mixer
Zach Seivers .... sound
Zach Seivers .... supervising sound editor
Nikolas Zasimczuk .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Julie Fischer .... di producer
Ryland Jones .... visual effects artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Tiffany Burns .... grip
David Favenyesi .... best boy electric
Geoff George .... director of photography: second unit
Geoff George .... first assistant camera
John Hersey .... second assistant camera
Mark Mastropietro .... dolly grip
Matthew Milko .... grip
Marc-Antoine Serou .... gaffer
Zach Takenaga .... first assistant camera
Stephen Taylor-Wehr .... first assistant camera
Jeff Urbanowicz .... key grip
Editorial Department
Rob Giglio .... colorist
Mark Longchamps .... on-line editor
Jessica Schilling .... assistant editor
Music Department
William Ryan Fritch .... composer: additional music
Jerry Moore .... musician: saxophones
David Schatanoff Jr. .... percussionist
Serena Keller Undercofler .... music supervisor
Other crew
Adam Kersh .... publicist
Katie Olds .... production assistant
Sonja Rose Romanski .... choreographer

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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
The myth of the American teenager, 1 March 2012
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

The Myth of the American Sleepover plays like a toned-down, more modest version of Superbad. The parties are lighter, but are they more realistic? The language is softer, but is that reality? And the script is more controlled, but is it more fun to listen to? The main problem with the film is in the screenplay, which is slow, overly patient, and sometimes wholly vacant. There's something going on in films today that is beginning to aggravate me. It's the awkward silences. Being around the age of the teenagers in this film, I can safely say we don't talk like this, with long, abrupt pauses following every line. This was actually my main complaint in Terri, another dark coming of age film. The film would've been great if it would've replaced its pauses with some nice dialog to further develop the characters.

A film can't talk for the entire time, therefore, musical montages and sometimes long stretches of silence do take place. The only difference is, more often than not, they aren't continuous throughout the whole film. Just when The Myth of the American Sleepover starts to get interesting, it is plagued by a long, directionless silence.

Aside from that sidestep, the rest of the film is actually quite wholesome, surprising, and somewhat sweet in its poignant form. It depicts a wide variety of teenagers who are attending a sleepover, a house party, or a pool party during their final week on summer break. I love and hate movies like this. Love them because it lays the groundwork for a great anthology, and hate them because it makes for a challenging review. I've decided I won't go into any stories or characters to leave the experience as fresh as possible. All I will say is that some of these unknowns may possibly drift into wonderful character actors before they know it.

For an independent film, it has some very impressive, sunny cinematography. That seems like the least of ones concerns when watching a coming of age drama, but the cinematography here must be commended. The film always looks wonderful. It goes from warm, joyous, and simple with its pallet of vibrant colors, to cold, dreary, and a pessimistic tone with its darker pallet as time goes on. I'm not sure one has ever payed so close attention to photography in a comedy-drama.

Alas, what kills the film is just its inability to establish worthy or witty dialog. It's dark, yes, but even the darkest of comedies have their moments of wit and passion. The Myth of the American Sleepover doesn't, and that's disappointing. The film's message basically tells us the teen life isn't like Superbad or an Apatow comedy, which we're fully aware of. But it isn't as murky or as mundane as this presents it. It seems one of the few films to effectively blend realism with humor and believable characterization was The Breakfast Club. That had a lot of silence in the beginning, but it was fitting because these characters were just as foreign to each other as we were to them. By the end, they had talked up a storm with each other. While Myth is somewhat humanistic and poignant, it's also slow and for the wrong reason.

Starring: Claire Sloma, Marlon Morton, Amanda Bauer, Brett Jacobsen, Nikita Ramsey, Jade Ramsey, and Amy Seimetz. Directed by: David Robert Mitchell.

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