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Movie Preview: American Teen

Man, people love to push the whole "this generation's Breakfast Club" angle with the documentary American Teen (though the poster for it, ah, doesn't help). I suppose this makes sense, but only in that The Breakfast Club featured timeless high school themes and characters. Yet, The Breakfast Club was still fiction, and a documentary is always going to be more complex and more nuanced than the stereotypes in a scripted film.

The movie follows four Indiana teenagers — introduced in the trailer as The Jock, The Princess, The Rebel and The Geek — as they go through their senior year of high school. It's both a familiar chronicling of the ups and downs of high school as well as a revealing look at how teens today are quite different from those of other generations. This was one of my favorite movies at Sundance a few months ago, and I plan on seeing it again when it opens July 25. To check out the trailer,


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Erika773 Erika773 8 years
I just watched American Teen over the weekend and I was really impressed! Its basically a modern day Breakfast Club...and i just found out it was a winner at the Sundance Festival this year too. I totally related to the story and the characters; I could emphasize with their trials, tribulations, heart breaks, first loves, and anxiousness to leave highschool, but yet the fear of entering college. I highly highly recommend this one for those who havent checked it out. I even found the teens' Facebook bios at:
dannysf dannysf 9 years
Looks really good! I'm still loving High School Confidential on the WE channel too.
raieven raieven 9 years
yeah looks ok.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
doesnt seem at all like the breakfast club except for it being teenagers, and high school. I want to see it , it looks interesting, heartfelt, a bit contrived at points but put any teen in front of the camera and tell them to act "normal" and you will get affected reactions
buckley9383 buckley9383 9 years
I think this movie looks really cool- I'll definitely see it!
aoitenshi aoitenshi 9 years
This looks very interesting! I'll be watching this, for sure.
annebreal annebreal 9 years
These kids are from about an hour away from my hometown and I'm excited about this movie!
kia kia 9 years
These kids are less than an hour from where my husband was raised. I am definitely seeing this. His world and my world were vastly different growing up, and I think this would be good for me to see.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
it does seem like the modern remake of the breakfast club - but i'm sure that it'll have an audience. we'll see how it does when it comes out.
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