American Teen

American Teen


American Teen review

Film description

Documentary following the lives of five teenagers - a jock, a popular girl, a heartthrob, an artsy girl and a geek – in one small town in Indiana through their senior year of high school.


Release Dates

UK Cinema release
March 6th 2009
UK DVD release
June 29th 2009



    • Nealsreviews1

      Aug 4th 2009, 0:56

      A jock, a popular girl, an outcast, an artsy girl,& a brain, in one small town in Indiana through their senior year of high school. We see all the insecurities, the cliques, the jealousies, the first loves, & heartbreaks. The struggles to make profound decisions on the future. Nanette Burstein develops a deep understanding of her subjects the result is a movie that goes beyond the obvious stereotypes of high school to peel away at complex inner workings of young adults trying to find their way into adulthood. Hannah is a smart & beautiful girl who is a misfit in her school. She is a liberal athiest living in a traditional christian conservative town with dreams of moving to California. Colin is the star of the basketball team in Indian sports is everything Colin is under extreme pressure to gain a sports scholarship. Jake is an academic scholar which is high school is considered a nerd. He is quite funny & personable one on one but in social groups clams up with insecurity. He makes a vow to get a girlfriend by the end of senior year. Megan is the most popular girl in school that all the guys want she is president of student council & plans to go to Notre Dame upon graduation. Matt is the golden boy attractive varsity basketball jock with a sensitive side to him who ends up falling for the artsy Hannah risking his social status on the line to gain a discovery of himself. American Teen is a hilarious throwback attempt & take on an 80's classic. This Sundance hit that follows the lives of five teenagers is very reminiscent of The Breakfast Club. But how can you top the Hughes classic well Nanette Burstein comes pretty close. Neal Damiano Film Critic

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