American Teen is documentary that boldly goes where few films and television set programs well-nigh teens ever do: Into their heads. Thirteen accomplished this every bit did MTV’s Two-A-Days but few others take. American Teen chronicles 5 existent teens during their senior twelvemonth at Warsaw Community High School inwards Warsaw, Indiana. They range from the transcend of the food chain inwards Warsaw Community High School to the invisible and ignored. Megan Krizmanich is ane of the most popular girls in schoolhouse. She comes from an affluent family in addition to has tons of friends. Hannah Bailey is an outsider but more than by pick than by social default. She is no conformist, neither inwards mental attitude, her actions or the way she dresses. Colin Clemens is ane of the best basketball game players on the Warsaw basketball game squad. All of his dreams for the futurity ride on this basketball game flavour. Jake Tusing is the person no 1 sees or notices in Warsaw High School. He exists on the fringe of Warsaw’s social topography. The fifth somebody is Mitch Reinholt, the object of female person want in schoolhouse, too also a fellow member of the Warsaw basketball squad.

Once the setting too the “characters” stories take been established (some established later in the film), the viewer watches them as they proceed through their senior year. As 1 would wait, the viewer learns all almost the characters’ dreams as well as aspirations. American Teen reveals that high school is still the social, clic-driven battleground that many call up, strewn alongside the destruction of burgeoning emotions, hormones, friendships, disappointments, hopes together with aspirations.

The viewer may or may not be real surprised by some of the audacious together with intentional cruelty perpetrated past some students on others inward American Teen. Cringe-level cruelty and the most absurd office was that the perpetrators did these acts on camera, recording their misanthropic deeds for all time in addition to for the entire would to meet. One of the recipients of this cruelty, Erica, should live given a lot of credit. She apparently wanted to bust out crying and likely had multiple times, “whatever”, but held it together when she was on camera.

Some viewers may give Jake a lot of props for going to the domicile of the new freshmen band member named Lauren, presenting himself as well as giving her flowers. That took a grade of courage no ane else exhibits inwards the American Teen too shows how misjudged inward certain areas Jake actually is. It is besides bad Lauren turns out to be, every bit Martin Lawrence remarked in Nothing to Lose, a “cheatin’ bitch”. Jake is the conundrum inwards American Teen, an enigma. He wants to get to social engagements then does not want to participate inwards them one time he gets at that place. Why go to Prom, become through all that problem in addition to humiliation so not dance when the girl y’all asked to Prom asks you to? What nigh making your engagement happy? Did the concept of hooking upwards after Prom even occur to him? Jake wants ane matter and so acts to the detriment of it inward others, making him an outsider to the rattling people he wants to live amongst too be close to at Warsaw Community High School.

With graduation looming, the students of Warsaw are faced with attention higher didactics institutions too what their futures hold for them. For the v students followed inwards American Teen it is no different but the consequence is made fifty-fifty more than prominent in 2 of the students lives. Megan has the weight of living upwards to her families’ lineage as well as expectations for attending Notre Dame University. Colin’s family unit tin not afford to ship him to college. He must either obtain a basketball scholarship or join the military machine to exit of his dwelling town. There is a rattling telling instant virtually the reality of the latter selection as a glass encased armed services memorial is shown virtually overflowing amongst mementos together with pictures of the dead from Warsaw High.

It is the revelations inward the 2nd in addition to third acts of American Teen that intrigue as well as surprise. The viewer may wonder why sure characters human action the way they do. Through many of the revelations, we are given a glimpse into their psyches. It does non mitigate or explicate everything they tell or do but it does make them that much more human together with flawed, merely like the residuum of us.

Nanette Burstein’s American Teen is a teen life documentary nigh what it agency to be a teen high schoolhouse educatee inward the Midwest (but past inherent implications, everywhere) without the accouterments of similar-films past Michael Moore. American Teen is pretty raw inwards some of the things it depicts in addition to also really honest. Many people that run across this film will probably live able to encounter themselves inwards 1 or more or the principal characters inward the cinema inwards some form but whether that is a good affair or a bad matter is upward to them.

Rating: 8/10

By akagami