My So Called Documentary: 'American Teen' Review


When a documentary crew asks its teen subjects to share their text messages and emails so they can be graphically recreated, can you reasonably expect that the high schoolers won’t begin to craft those messages for public consumption? If the director handpicks participants according to storylines and how snugly they fit into Breakfast Club like archetypes, intentionally leaves footage of drug use on the cutting room floor, and takes an active role in guiding their favorite participant towards their own filmmaking career, does the end product still resemble a documentary, or is it something else altogether?

American Teen opens this weekend. My June 4th review.

Posted by Ted Zee on July 24th 2008 | Home Page | 2 Comments Subscribe to this site's feed

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  1. geoffrey Haase Says:

    I know for a fact that this movie is atleast 90% pure fact. There may be truth bends here and there but minor details to the overall story. The mockumentary is hard to hate. I promise. Its funny. These kids arent actors. I know because Im in it. I am Megan Krizmanichs best friend in the doc. I suggest you go see it.

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