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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
Justin M. Davey .... re-recording mixer (as J.M. Davey)
Justin M. Davey .... sound designer (as J.M. Davey)
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 .... re-recording mixer
Zach Seivers .... sound designer
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
Huma Khan .... legal post production (uncredited)

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A charming watch but lacks enough a punch to be memorable, 10 June 2013
Author: Odysseus551 from United Kingdom

Some may view the struggles of adolescence with fond memory, as a time of innocence and a stepping stone to becoming an adult, others may see it as a collection of petty first world squabbles that we all must joylessly march through to enter the crushing world of adulthood. However you view it, the fact is we all must, or have underwent its trails, in our way…

The Myth of the American sleepover tries to (and in my humble opinion succeeds rather well) in conveying this fact and gives us a sometimes startling accurate insight into how we used to think, behave and what we used to aspire too. Told in an episodic fashion with no real main character or plot, the movie instead focuses on characters, all teenagers, during one night, specifically the last night of summer vacation and set in that most barren of wastelands, the white American suburbs as they try to fulfil their desire before summers end.

Being that there is no set story or plot the movie ops instead for a series of episodic tales or parables if you will, each one involving a character searching for something, typically that which all adolescents search for… love, excitement, friendship, or even just to end the summer with a bang. Its all very nicely handled with the stories being loosely connected to one another and switching back and forth in a relatively seamless manner so that you are never confused as to whats going on or whose doing what. This is further helped by the slow pace of the movie which ensures that everything flows slowly but smoothly, almost like a dream. Indeed the noted sparsity of dialogue and the cinematography does give the whole movie a dreamlike effect as each character searches for that which they desire before the sun inevitably rises and the dream ends.

However this slow pace and lack of any complicated plot may be a turn off to some people and i would be lying by omission if i didn't say that a heavy tolerance to "whimsy" is needed to appreciate or even tolerate this movie, and while some be put off by the very "indie" feel, with people talking about their emotions while looking at the stars etc i would however encourage these people to look a little harder because if so they will find that this movie actually handles teenagers very realistically, all least compared to some supposed "indie teenager emotion movies" like Garden State for example. At certain points the movie achieves the highest praise one can bestow upon a film, being that you forget your watching actors in a movie and not real people just being filmed.

Indeed the acting in this movie was really quite excellent given the age of the actors, director David Robert Mitchell really manages to capture the awkwardness and conflicting desires that plague those lost in the void between childhood and adulthood. But best of all he manages to capture this without crossing that line and becoming too whimsical or indie. Your not for example, as so many of these types of movies make you, rolling your eyes in disgust or throwing up at the cheesy, right on the nose, "emotionial" dialogue. Instead its all subdued and tastefully done, and as long as you give it chance then you can really enjoy it or what it is.

On the flip side of that however, the subdued and quiet pace of the movie, while one of its many strengths is also its greatest weakness, the movie lacks enough of a punch or "oomph" if you will, while a nice watch its not terribly memorable, which is a shame because it has some good actors and was all handled rather well. But in the end its not enough to make it stay with you or to stand out as unique creation.

So overall i couldn't recommend this to anyone whose looking for action or comedy or zany antics because id be a great big liar. However I would recommend it to anyone who wants to take a walk down memory lane and relive those glorious or torturous years, and remember a time when the biggest worry you had was if the girl at the supermarket noticed you or not, or when a social gathering meant sleepovers at your friends house and every beer was a little can of illegal debauchery and summer was your kingdom and you its sovereign ruler.

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