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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 ... Self
Megan Krizmanich ... Self
Colin Clemens Colin Clemens ... Self
Mitch Reinholt Mitch Reinholt ... Self
Hannah Bailey ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Geoff Haase Geoff Haase ... Self
Jennifer Lucht Jennifer Lucht ... Self
Athena Schlitt Athena Schlitt
Gabriella Schlitt Gabriella Schlitt
Skye Scott ... Self
Jennifer Sheopherd Jennifer Sheopherd ... Self
Ali Wikalinska Ali Wikalinska ... Self
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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

Gross USA:

$942,441

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,130,270
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In multiple shots the frame is reversed. At a party framed magazines on a shelf are reversed. During a conversation with his father, the logo on Colin's shirt switches from his left shoulder to his right shoulder (and reversed) and back to his left shoulder. See more »

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

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You want to stay with these kids forever
13 March 2008 | by larry-411See all my reviews

In the documentary "American Teen," which had its Regional Premiere here at the 2008 SXSW Film Festival on the heels of an auspicious Sundance debut, filmmaker Nanette Burstein chronicles a year in the life of a group of high school students from Warsaw, Indiana.

On the face of it, it seems like we've seen this before -- the popular girl, All-American jock, shy pimply geek, and wild child -- growing up and dealing with the overwrought, overblown, magnified time of life that is adolescence in rural America. But this is 2008, and issues that were never raised in the past, or were overlooked -- mental health, self-acceptance, peer pressure and the need to fit in -- take on a new, frightening reality in this day of Columbines and nooses and hatred taken to unheard of levels. The consequences of ignoring what our teens are saying are more frightening than ever before.

Yet Burstein's subjects are a refreshing dose of a reality we don't see on television -- yes, these kids are troubled and in need of support, but they also demonstrate an impressive capacity to heal themselves. They are smart, streetwise, and comfortable in their own skin. They are smart, funny, and adorable. They have more to teach us about the importance of being able to laugh at ourselves than we may be willing to admit.

Ultimately, they grow on us because we've all been there, if not one then a combination. There are more awww moments than one can count and, in the end, we want to stay there in Warsaw, Indiana.


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