'American Teen'--your comments

August 14, 2008
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So were you there at the IBJ Night at the Movies screening of "American Teen," the high school documentary shot in Warsaw, Indiana?

Let us know what you thought of the film.
  • I was cynical going into the film because I heard so much controversy about the possibility of it being too staged, yet I only found one example of it. Their stories were interesting and real. I didn't like all the characters, but I was interested on how they ended up. Despite the occasional mess up with the editing, I found it to be very enjoyable and I would recommend it to students and parents alike. (My mom really got caught up with a few stories.)
  • Took my 10 year old daughter, and was a little concerned that the content might be a bit too much, but felt the more mature issues were well handled, as opposed to when I took her to see Zohan! Warsaw was an interesting choice as a setting. Some around the Country may know of it, which may help it's appeal. Three stars!
  • Although I’ve only been a Hoosier for three years, I’ve been excited to see this movie for some time now…and it did not disappoint. Yes, it is an independent documentary following high school kids in Midwest America. However, it captured honest emotions and struggles I think most students face during their Senior year. The film maintained its integrity by not trying to create its own story line, but simply filming the events of the school year and adding a good soundtrack. Most of the students were captivating, and the ones that weren’t reveal the demons (a.k.a. their parents) that created environments cultivating such rotten behavior. American Teen provides a look at today’s youth without the “Hollywood lense” that has tainted other supposed high school documentaries.
  • Overall great film...really enjoyed each of the characters' stories; eventhough, I didn't really like all of them.

    I agree the editing at times was a little suspect and I wasn't sure how I felt about the animation sequences at first since this film is a documentary. I think the liberty taken with those sequences did add to the overall enjoyment of the film though, especially the Notre Dame dream sequence (Unity!:).
  • Enjoyed the Keystone Arts Cinema venue for viewing American Teen. The film didn't come close to being a modern Breakfast Club - at least for me - but I did care about the characters...well almost all of them.

    Some things don't change - many of the characters portrayed were just as real a long time back when I attended high school as they are today. Lots of lessons learned in high school - like you have the rest of your life where you really learn what you are about.

    The issues faced by the teens brought back poignant, and not always pleasant, memories of my own high school years - not thought of for..... years. So the film did connect me emotionally. Good for parents to see and realize the immense pressure that today's teens are under.

    Some of the graphics reminded me a tiny bit of intro to Juno.

    I liked the animation portions - especially effective was the scene that showed Hannah and the tension/fear she was feeling about her own lapse from dealing with reality and her mom's struggle with depression.

    Not a native Hoosier, but raised my kids in northern Indiana, this film portrayed living in a typical midwestern culture. It brought back toughts of their high school years since the school they attended competed against Warsaw.
  • When i heard of this I thought it was going to be another, eh show, but I heard people having some good opinions and reviews on it. I guess it's worth looking into.

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