L ike Anvil, the recent movie about failing Canadian rockers, this study of a group of American teenagers in their final year of high school is on the mocu-documentary borderline. Is it for real - or not? Well, it is supposed to be real. Film-maker Nanette Burstein has followed five teenagers over 10 months as they prepare for adulthood.
American Teen movie review & film summary () | Roger Ebert
It is presented as a documentary, and indeed these students, their friends and families are all real people, and these are their stories. But many scenes seem suspiciously staged. Is she really that unaware?
American Teen: Documentary. Directed by Nanette Burstein. At Bay Area theaters. The loveliest and most affecting character in a film so far this year is Hannah Bailey - and she's a real person.