Skip to content. On the surface it seems harmless enough -- camera crews follow a group of small-town students during their senior year of high school for a film project designed to capture the transitional moments between childhood and adulthood. The film that sparked a bidding war after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January -- and earned Burstein honors for directing -- also has been criticized as too glossy and too willfully mainstream. Some question its authenticity. For this project, Burstein said she set her sights on capturing the rituals of the teenage years as honestly as possible. Some things had changed, but the real emotional core of what you go through at that age very much stays the same.
Mitch Reinholt of American Teen: How a Supporting Player Upstaged the Film's Stars
American Teen () - Box Office Mojo
Skip to Content. Get age-based picks. The movie's main take-away for teens is that high school can be a difficult time for everyone -- and that everyone will have both highs and lows to deal with; how you handle each may not be perfect, but if you believe in yourself, you can make it through. The teens' relatability makes their experiences the kind that will really resonate with other kids. A high-school student is fiercely independent and paves her own way through senior year, dealing with inconsistent messages from her parents. A guy gives in to peer pressure and breaks up with someone who's outside his social circle.
Lots of drama over 'American Teen'
I watched the affecting American Teen over the weekend and was intrigued over the similarities between the high school experience shown and my own adventures decades ago. The technology has changed -- we didn't have cell phones and texting to amuse us, though, truth be told, the telephone had been invented, as had TV and a new device with the name Xerox. However, the point of this piece is not to review the documentary film, which I urge you to see, but to demonstrate how stars are born if given half a chance. You don't have to be the lead, as Mitch Reinholt certainly wasn't in this movie.
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