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American Teen: Documentary following the lives of four teenagers--a jock, the popular girl, the artsy girl and the geek--in one small town in Indiana through their senior year of high school. We see the insecurities, the cliques, the jealousies, the first loves and heartbreaks, and the struggle to make profound decisions about the future. Filming daily for ten months, filmmaker Nanette Burstein developed a deep understanding of her subjects. The result is a film that goes beyond the enduring stereotypes of high school to render complex young people trying to find their way into adulthood. Hannah Bailey is smart and beautiful, but a misfit in her high school. She is a liberal, atheist living in a traditional, Christian, conservative town and dreams of moving to California after graduation. Colin Clemens is the star of the high school basketball team--and in Indiana, basketball is everything. Colin is under enormous pressure this year playing not only to make his town, his school, and his father proud, but for a college scholarship. Jake Tusing is considered to be a nerd in high school. Though quite funny and charming one-on-one, he is painfully shy in group situations and crushed with self-doubt. In his senior year he vows that nothing will stand in the way of him finding a girlfriend. Megan Krizmanich is the student council Vice President and the youngest daughter of a prominent local surgeon, anxiously awaiting word from Notre Dame University admissions. Wealthy, pretty, smart and popular, she rules her high school--just don't get on her bad side. When Megan's peers challenge her authority, she can't help but take action, even if it means risking her future. Mitch Reinholdt is an attractive and charming Varsity basketball jock with a soft side. When he puts his social status on the line, avoiding his popular friends for dates with artsy Hannah Bailey, he strains to maintain his reputation while discovering a new side of himself.

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Ratings: IMDB: 6.5/10 Metascore: 66% RT: 70%
Released: October 11, 2008
Runtime: 95 mins
Genres: Documentary
Countries: USA
Director: Nanette Burstein
Actors: No Famous Actors

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Posted by RichardWhiteley 5 years, 5 months ago
+3 | +3 / -0

Easily the phoniest documentary I\'ve ever seen, so staged and fabricated, it\'s a travesty to call it non-fiction cinema. And it\'s not even faked well. It\'s as if the filmmakers tried to find the most stereotypical teenagers in America, then shoved them through the most obvious melodrama imaginable, all told with a Baby Boomer\'s understanding of modern teen culture and social networking technology. An embarrassment.

Posted by Intrepidxbeauty 8 years, 2 months ago
+3 | +3 / -0

nice entertainment and it shows how stupid teens are when it comes to relationships. Ha. Anyways nice movie. But, it makes me sick to think that people assume this is the American Teen. Please, it wasn't evan close to the things that gone on.

Posted by xdupedx 6 years, 4 months ago
+2 | +2 / -0

this movie really brings the pointlessness of existence out in the open. I hope when panda's take over they make better movies about their lives.

Posted by xilef 4 years, 1 month ago
+1 | +1 / -0

I like Hannah's story specially the part which she is dating Mitch! Never really thought that Mitch would end up being douchebag!

Posted by chinaeyess 5 years, 11 months ago
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This is a highly flawed production that is nonetheless entertaining

Posted by chinaeyess 5 years, 11 months ago
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Looking at the different lives of these students I see parts of myself in each one of them.

Posted by rea15 6 years, 2 months ago
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hahaha this movie was filmed in my highschooool haha

Posted by AveryBravery 6 years, 3 months ago
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it was alright, kinda mostly boring, no one stuck out much, maybe hannah a lil but otherwise just something to see when you get bored, problem is you might stay bored.

Posted by decrovid 7 years ago
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This is a good film for kids in HS to see, - a great equalizer in life, regardless of perceived pecking order, they all feel the same angst

Posted by numba1mommy 7 years, 5 months ago
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I get the point but like intrepidxbeauty said this wasn't even close to what i seen and been through in high school...this is not the typical teen this was made in the outskirts and not alot of kids are able to go to the big school their in and have cars aasnd not have to work through high school...you wanna see the truth...watch the movie KIDS...thats reality..

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Posted by ghettoslider 4 years, 6 months ago ( Edited 4 years, 6 months ago )
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the supposed 'popular/pretty' girl is actually kind of overweight/not that attractive.. the supposed 'jock' has a bigger chin than jay leno and popeye combined.. the supposed 'misfit' (hannah) is really annoying and a typical immature drama queen bitch, 'I wanna move to california where everythings perfect!!' -STFU!!.. the 'band geek' is def. a band geek/pizza face tool/self loathing douche/pathetic whimp.. and the whole show is totally set up and fake.. but besides all that its great.... (cough) -PS that girl 'Alli' is so so cute, I think she looks like a young reese witherspoon

Posted by laika 6 years, 10 months ago
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Reinforces my dislike of teenagers.

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