Last weekend I was on Grease overload – the soundtrack, the movie, a pizza night sleepover party with more singing. The teenage angst rolled into this weekend with the documentary selection…..
FILM: American Teen (2008)
DIRECTOR & WRITER:Nanette Burstein
REVIEWER: Becky Beamer
The documentary was exactly what I remember of highschool rolled into all of my favorite movies from the same time.
I don’t mean to give anything away but yes there was the faithful school announcements (Grease), followed by the introduction of the stereotypical characters (breakfast club), and their peer pressured ways (Pretty in PInk). It’s an easy to watch documentary. I liked it. I don’t think it was exceptional or revolutionary but, dependable and liable in all its clichéd glory.
Don’t be thrown off by the animation appearing randomly about an hour into the film. I think it smoothes itself into a purposeful normalcy – like the super dork – in the end.
If you were worried there wouldn’t be a final basketball dual (Teen Wolf), Prom NIght (Pretty in PInk) or Graduation Speech (Say Anything) – don’t worry they are all in there too.
I feel the need to end this posting with a cheer – from none other than Shaker Heights High School’s Field Hockey Team to another rival Field Hocky Team.
You ain’t got no alibi – you ulgy – Aye – Aye – You Ugly- (clap clap clap) GOOOOOOO Raiders!
4 out of 5 Cheers — b.b.