American Teen



Green Hills Cinema - Theater 4 Fri, Apr 18, 2008 7:00 PM


USA 2007, 95 min.

DIR/SCR Nanette Burstein PROD Jordan Roberts, Burstein, Eli Gonda, Chris Huddleson CAM Laela Kilbourn ED Mary Manhardt MUSIC Michael Penn

American Teen is the touching and hilarious Sundance hit that follows 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. Colin Clemens is the star of the high school basketball team - and in Indiana, basketball is everything. Jake Tusing is considered to be a nerd. Though quite funny and charming one-on-one, he is painfully shy in group situations and crushed with self-doubt. Megan Krizmanich is the student council Vice President. Wealthy, pretty, smart and popular, she rules her school - just don't get on her bad side. With extraordinary intimacy and a great deal of humor, American Teen captures the pressures of growing up - pressures that come from one's peers, one's parents, and not least, oneself. 


Paramount Vantage