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American Teen (2008)

PG-13 | | Documentary | 15 August 2008 (USA)
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A documentary on seniors at a high school in a small Indiana town and their various cliques.

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Nanette Burstein
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jake Tusing ... Himself
Megan Krizmanich ... Herself
Colin Clemens Colin Clemens ... Himself
Mitch Reinholt Mitch Reinholt ... Himself
Hannah Bailey ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Geoff Haase Geoff Haase ... Himself
Jennifer Lucht Jennifer Lucht ... Herself
Athena Schlitt Athena Schlitt
Gabriella Schlitt Gabriella Schlitt
Skye Scott ... Himself
Jennifer Sheopherd Jennifer Sheopherd ... Herself
Ali Wikalinska Ali Wikalinska ... Herself
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A documentary on seniors at a high school in a small Indiana town and their various cliques.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Remember high school? It's gotten worse.

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some strong language, sexual material, some drinking and brief smoking-all involving teens | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Official site | Official site [Japan] | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adolescente americano See more »

Filming Locations:

Indiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,589, 27 July 2008

Gross USA:

$942,441

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,130,270
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When Jake is playing Zelda, the TV shows the trailer to Twilight Princess, meaning he isn't actually playing the game. The sound effects that can be heard actually come from Windwaker. See more »

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Features Solitaire (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Is In The Air
Written by John Paul Young
Performed by John Paul Young
Courtesy of Albert Productions
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Well worth seeing
7 January 2009 | by sshendySee all my reviews

Winning a place on the guest list to American Teen was not a high priority for me. When I heard the title, I thought it must be a teen movie, and when I read that it was a documentary, I was even less interested. I could not have been more wrong.

This was the first time I've watched a documentary in a cinema, and it was well worth a Monday night. The stories of these five adolescents from Warsaw, Indiana were absolutely compelling, and wonderfully hilarious, as the raucous laughter from a near-empty cinema attested. Nanette Burstein has edited their experiences in their final year of high school with a deft hand, developing a rich, interwoven story well worth telling.

Watching these young Americans over-experience every emotion imaginable was fascinating not only because of the universal comedy of youth, but also because it reminds you just how much better our own education system is. Which is quite an accomplishment when your audience is a cynical old ex-teacher like myself.

American Teen is not ground-breaking or unique, but it is one of those rare pieces of film-making that exemplifies the best of the art form: simple storytelling, with characters that are easy to relate to, an awesome soundtrack, and an image of ourselves. Well worth a Monday night. Or even a Friday. Go see it.


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