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The Myth of the American Sleepover
Four young people navigate the suburban wonderland of metro-Detroit looking for love and adventure on the last weekend of summer.
A lyrical and distinctively gorgeous tone poem of disillusionment and raging hormones; David Robert Mitchell's The Myth of the American Sleepover dives into the melancholy and the honesty within the darkness of the summer months, as teenagers roam freely in a state of searching and yearning for connection.
While some of the acting is borderline amateurish and a couple of the character arcs aren't as satisfying as they're meant to be, the rest is a solid and beautifully defined work of feeling and emotional discovery. Characters talk, fight, flirt, smoke, drink, and seek, with some individuals discovering more than others, often in unexpected ways. The result is a film of remarkable truth, laden within shots of breathtaking simplicity and nostalgic resonance.
As a first feature, It's damn good. Just on its own, The Myth of the American Sleepover is still damn good. Recommended for all fans of exceptional indies and simple cinema.
In this one 4 young people navigate the suburban wonderland of metro-Detroit looking for love and adventure on the last weekend of summer. This has a pretty large cast of very young actors....all of which do a pretty good job. The story is easy to follow and is very believable...the only drawback is nothing really happens in the movie. It is like going to a good party....but since nothing really happened ...you have nothing really interesting to report the next day. Final thought....this is a decent movie...but does nothing to score higher than a 3 star rating in my book.
Ouch. That's the sound of my heart filling up with the immense power of nostalgia. David Robert Mitchell's debut feature evokes an aura of sadness, not in a negative way mind you, but of a time no longer present and may never be again. A time of exploration, fun, perpetual awkwardness and human connection, both primal and sensitive. All the performers here act with intoxicating naturalism, which Mitchell surrounds with a palpable atmosphere that finds the most basic interactions emitting visual poetry. Growing up has its advantages, but nothing can compare to the uninhibited folly of youth. We can only cherish the moments we had, for when we lived them, we could never fully realize how happy they made us. We just didn't have enough time for that...
The Myth of the American Sleepover feels like a failed attempt of becoming this decade's Dazed and Confused. While I still enjoyed The Myth of the American Sleepover, I still couldn't help to notice that the film feels like it stole certain narrative points from Richard Linklater's 1993 masterpiece, Dazed and Confused.
A large majority of the performances felt rather too nonchalant along with the actor's characters. The movie arranges forced, coincidental moments that were too good to be true. But ignoring those flaws I was still very entertained throughout the flick.
The authenticity brought to the stage in The Myth of the American Sleepover was on full display. Even though the film could feel kinda inconsistent with its realism,…
It's both melancholic as the recent Palo Alto and delightful as John Hughes' works. Most characters seem really shallow, but you can see how these small experiences are slowly making them more mature. The directing is well above-average for this kind of film and it captures perfectly the weirdness and sweetness of this period of life.
I'm such an idiot
This was very ok. DRM definitely matured and refined his style since this, and it shows after seeing It Follows.
Loosely organized movie that follows a number of teens over a 24 hour period. Some of the stories are more interesting than others, and none of them really go anywhere, but the actors are extremely engaging for the most part.
Painless but also not very challenging. Bonus points for having actual teens cast as the leads instead of 20-somethings.
I'm not rightly sure what I think about this, and might need to revisit it later. It feels so loose and evasive, and yet each arc is precisely constructed and structured to reach specific emotional moments. It superimposes, in a way, its "last night of summer" tropes, with parties and all the adolescent place-finding that goes with them, over a sort of underworld/netherworld wandering somewhat unrestrained by time and space. Its style beautifully depicts the youthful relativity that stretches a night into a lifetime, a moment into a life-changing epiphany. It's also temporally uncertain in that its small-town milieu and general lack of technology certainly situates it as slightly less than contemporary, somewhere between my own youth and this generation's.…
A small kaleidoscope of coloured stars circulating softly around the sun of teenage love.
It's really nice to stand outside watching them on their search for somebody or even themselves.
A pretty fantastic character study about modern youth in the vein of early Richard Linklater movies. I don't know how director David Robert Mitchell found this cast but there wasn't a week link among them.
Not a bad film, just a very underwhelming one.
Sweet and non-flashy movie chronicling one night of various teens and young adults (featuring the to-me-yet-unknown "Freshmen Orientation Sleepover" :-) ). There is no date rape, no hidden killer, no brutal tragedy, just looking at various boys and girls trying to find love, tenderness and their future. In a way a spiritual successor to "American Graffiti" (albeit neither as iconic or well made, but taking some story lines from that movie, like the boy trying all night to find his mystery woman).
visually cute but once again just another indie film that disappointed me
almost the definition of fake deep
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