Documentary , Special Interest. View All American Teen News. Her success in the documentary field is widely known. Luke Baldock Super Reviewer. More and more we prefer our reality scenarios that way. There probably is some truth to this latter point, as aggressively as Vantage is pushing Teen everywhere from the Web to the multiplex, with its Hughes-derivative poster art conspicuously sandwiched between those for fare as populist as The Mummy 3 and Step Brothers.
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Are you outraged if they don't? Anyhow, thanks again for your review. CST That's the thing, Psimonsez Don't you have a boyfriend, girlfriend or in fact any friend at all that you can inflict yourself upon? Burstein's film follows four teens - who fit the stereotypes usually found in teen comedies like "The Breakfast Club" - through their senior year. But the larger reality-show maniplulation that runs rampant through this doc fills me with an overwhelming desire to call bullshit. Now that reality has been a staple for over 10 years, which film better describes the future of reality television, the gameshow for murder like in Series 7, or a man whose entire life is secretly filmed for the enjoyment of the rest of the world, like in The Truman Show?
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In this film there are so many they can get just the right angle, or they choose to recreate something that happens so it looks good. CST I'd never in a million years watch this tripe by Itchy. Yet it's hard not to be pulled into the day-to-day crises and machinations of the five high school students we meet here. By the way, the reason The Hills comparison is apt is that the director of this "documentary" clearly reshot some scenes. The film itself is making a claim to a veracity that it lacks. At what point would you attach the wireless mikes to these kids -- you know, the mikes that keep popping out of their butts during slapping matches and drinking games and big arguments and other "unguarded," emotionally extreme moments?
Which is exactly why, through a combination of private memories and decades of shared moviegoing, we warm to these stock characters whenever we meet them on screen. Topics Sundance film festival Film blog. The family doesn't have the money to send him to college, so everything depends on winning an athletic scholarship, a fact he is often reminded of. The series will begin airing in July No matter what may have been guided by her outside hand, it is all in some way real, and often touching. And I doubt most paying customers will mind if "American Teen" seems, on some level, phony.