[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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.
Apparently the myth of the American sleepover is that its volume can rise above a whisper. This film tries so hard for understated adolescent authenticity that it forgets those first tentative steps into adulthood tend to be just as clumsily vibrant as they are furtively awkward. For a story that spans several nocturnal teenage gatherings on the last weekend of summer, it is remarkably – and fatally – sedate. I have no lack of patience for quiet contemplation on film (and I’m a sucker for a good coming-of-age tale), but The Myth of the American Sleepover’s absence of animation only underscores how little it has to say. It is excruciating in all the wrong ways.
Myth Of The American Sleepover
Ungdomsfilm hvor vi møter en håndfull barn/tenåringer hvor blant annet en gutt kjører for å møte et par tvillinger han tror var forelsket i ham på high school. Og vi følger noen karer som kaster egg på hus og jenter som oppfører seg ufint ved å spille oujia og røyker mary j.
Skuespillerne er rent amatører, men på mange steder løfter det faktisk filmen. Disse små som er på vei inn i de voksnes rekker er usikre, flaue, forvirra og småvoksne som trenger en rekker poleringer før de er virkelig voksne, men det gjelder også å levere enn god replikk.
Resultatet er et forbløffende innsyn på tenåringstilstanden som blir dratt ned med ikke helt så forbløffende prestasjoner fra skuespillerne
This film is really boring, which I guess is the point and all, but who wants to watch irritating kids mumbling through really embarrassing situations for an hour and forty minutes? Like, if I wanted to watch something like this I would just watch Dazed and Confused.
I feel like I would have totally fallen for this if I had seen it back in high school, when probably would have really felt close to home. There's a certain directionless, bored nihilism that comes naturally to those years that this film is very much at home in, and even if it doesn't feel as purely real as some other high school films of late, it certainly nails that specific feeling that it set out to capture.
Sweet, charming and ironic- Makes you wanna go back to being a teen and have the greatest summer adventure in girly bikes and wet clothes. Breathtaking camera work.
dull teenagers dulling their way through the night
Probably would appreciate it more a few years ago, but still enjoyable. Not really funny or too dramatic, just awkward teenagers trying to hook up.
In deconstructing, as the title asserts, The Myth of the American Sleepover, first-time director David Robert Mitchell doesn’t arrive at naturalism, but at a sort of mystic emotional truth about what it is to be a teenager. In his review of the film, A.O. Scott suggests that the picture articulates the, “mixture of sophistication and naïveté that is central to the modern American teenage way of being in the world.” Indeed, the teenagers here are confused in the way that they approach love and lust, not at all comfortable in their own skin and, although horny, perhaps not as sexually-driven as, for instance, the protagonists of Superbad. Like Putty Hill, another stand-out independent film from this past year, Mitchell’s characters,…
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I call this a "modern John Hughes" movie because, just like the John Hughes films of the 80's, they tell stories of teenagers that can hit home with many people. This film tackles some of the not only more modern issues with teenagers, but the deeper issues. I think where it misses its mark is with some of the characters themselves. The story surrounding them may be interesting, but the characters...not so much. For example, I thought the "twins" story line was interesting, but the guy who played the character which this plot surrounds wasn't very likable (perhaps due to his terrible haircut). I think a better casting could have improved this film. The movie looks…
It's like Dazed and Confused except extremely low-key. It captures this wonderful moment where there's so much hormonal confusion where people have power but don't know what to do with it. They focus on the purity of the moments while they all look towards tomorrow. Some of the stories were a bit repetitive, but it was all warmly captivating. Well done.
A powder keg of preciousness. I was with the film for about thirty minutes, accepting its spells of faux soulfulness amid the lush cinematography (it sure does look nice). But its scattershot narrative yearns for a Big Message and it gets pretty ridiculous in its search. Essentially disintegrates into a bunch of teenagers that would find a drifting plastic bag cause for soul searching.
15-year-old Daniel would've eaten this up.
This movie I some god awful IFC school play bullshit. There is not an ounce of talent to be found amongst any of the almost 20 child ensemble. Not to mention the contrived after school special style plot. Don't waste your time with this trash
This film is pretty good. It is about the yearning for people to grow up and yet the same time to know that once we grow up, we will lose our innocence one we get older and we will always miss the times of being just a kid and enjoying life without worries.
Young people love sleepover...In Singapore, we called it "dawning". Somehow the nocturnal nature innate within the puberty-charged teenagers just kick in and whatever inhibitions were unsheathed.
"The Myth of the American Sleepover" is an independent feature written and directed by debutant David Robert Mitchell was a sincere staged insight of the sleepover culture of American teens, in this case from Michigan.
The synopsis stated the film follows the sleepover chronicles of 4 different teenagers who were out to quell their motives which we all knew at that age was about curiosity about an opposite gender whom piqued their interest.
However from the start you were introduced with a plethora of characters which you could be displaced on who you ought…
The coming of age story is a staple genre in film that seems to come and go with the times. The mid to late 1990’s had “American Pie” and other such imitators, along with a revival of the teen horror movie. “Myth of the America Sleepover” is an independent drama that won a Special Jury Award at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival for Best Ensemble cast. The cast is populated with mostly real teens and non actors, giving it a very real and authentic look.
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