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
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.
Set in the early 1990’s in a middle class Midwestern town, this film looks like it could be an autobiographical account of director David Robert Mitchell’s formative years. The story meanders through the…
I don't recognise much of my own teens in the majority of teen movies. I doubt many people do. The American teen genre, filled with glamorous, massive house parties and boldly archetypal characters (jock, nerd, prom queen etc) in an affluently suburban landscape, is far removed from my own experience, though it did twist my own expectations as a teen.
David Robert Mitchell's lovely indie is a far more recognisable proposition. Following a large cast of teens in a middle class Detroit suburb as they circle each other over the course of the last night of summer before they return to High School or leave for College, it is filled with authentic details that can only have come from memory.…
“I don’t want you to buy in to all the youthful adventure bullshit…it’s a myth of being a teenager. They trick you into giving up your childhood with all these promises of adventure. Once you realize what you lost it’s too late, you can’t get it back.”
The Myth of the American Sleepover is a 2010 SXSW accepted film directed by David Robert Mitchell and follows the stories of four suburban teenagers on the final night of summer vacation. From the plot, the movie seems like the type of story I’d normally be into.
The four teens are Rob, a freshman in high school who sees his dream girl at local grocery store and decides to make it his sole…
Actually liked this, a really unique take on the American teen movie. A tame,young non violent mixture of kids and elephant I think.