• American Teen (2008)

American Teen

Release Date: July 25th, 2008

DVD Release Date: December 2nd, 2008

PG-13 |1 hr 40 min

Plot Summary

Four high-school seniors navigate their way through the ups and downs of life in their small Indiana town. Hannah is bright and pretty, but a misfit who wants to move to California after graduation. Colin, a basketball player, feels intense pressure to make his town and family proud and earn a sports scholarship. Jake is painfully shy in a group. Megan is smart, pretty and wealthy, and rules the roost at school. Popular Mitch risks his social status to date Hannah.

Director: Nanette Burstein

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Quasiworld Entertainment, Firehouse Films

Keywords: 2000s, Emotional, Growing up, Small town, Touching, Friendship

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Bob MondelloNPR

    The students all say and do more than they should in the filmmaker's presence, which certainly makes them watchable -- sort of a slow-motion train wreck. show more

  • 60
    James GreenbergThe Hollywood Reporter

    For all of its access and exposure, American Teen seems skin-deep. It's well shot, with good production values and lots of cool music. But it's fun and facile in much the same way reality TV is. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    Shows how a documentary can be as moving and suspenseful as the best narrative feature. show more

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