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American Teen (2008)

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A documentary on seniors at a high school in a small Indiana town and their various cliques.

Director:

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.

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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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$940,496, 21 September 2008
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

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Color

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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 »

Connections

References The Best Damn Sports Show Period (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Adventures in Solitude
Written by A.C. Newman
Performed by The New Pornographers
Courtesy of Matador Records
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View from a disinterested East Coast audience member
10 August 2008 | by jkeltSee all my reviews

I read a few of these posts, and think I might have a different perspective. I live in Washington, D.C., and have never been to Indiana outside of a visit to Bloomington as a child. I went to a public high school in upstate New York, near Syracuse, in the 70's. My friend and I went to the movie to see if and how high school and high school students have changed since we were in school. We were not interested in "Warsaw High" as a institution, nor in learning about Warsaw as a community. And after we left, we talked about the movie and never discussed "Warsaw as a community". We talked about the individual kids. It may help those of you who think the audience is going to draw negative opinions about your community to know that most of the audience doesn't think this was a study of your community - I saw it as a snapshot of a few high school kids from an American town. As I watched, I did wonder about how "typical" high school interactions could be filmed with people wired for sound and with cameras in their face, etc. I knew some of it had to be staged or severely affected by the presence of the camera. The center of the film, for me, was the pressures on, and insecurities of, the kids. I found the individual interviews to be probably the most honest and reliable part of the movie. Jake, Hanna, and the others said some pretty revealing and insightful (and embarrassing) things about themselves; sometimes funny, sometimes touching. And at my age, I know these are kids, as I was once a kid, who will grow up and out of this period of their lives. So I don't see the kids as stuck where they were. Again, it's a snap shot. Kids want to please their Dads by getting in to the right school or getting a scholarship; kids want a boyfriend or a girlfriend; there are cliques; there are jealousies and power trips. Yep, it's high school. That's all I saw. I liked the movie. Sorry if the film crew was rude. But Warsaw, chill out. I have no more or less an opinion of a town I never heard of, and whose name I will forget tomorrow, than before. To a ticket buyer like me, it wasn't really about you; it was touching on the universal American high school experience. Half true, half false; real and also TV and movie generated. The kids all got off to school and are growing up. We should, too. It's all gonna be OK.


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