americanteendvdNanette Burstein’s American Teen follows five teenagers during their senior year in high school in Warsaw, Indiana. The films main stars are a popular girl (Megan Krizmanich), the star basketball player (Colin Clemens), the band nerd (Jake Tusing), the artistic individualist (Hannah Bailey), and the heartthrob (Mitch Reinholt). It is very interesting as we follow the high and lows of their relationships.

American Teen has been marketed as a 2008 follow-up to The Breakfast Club. Its insecurity, for the most part, that links these kids throughout. Though they all attend the same small high school in Warsaw, Indiana, the four teens’ lives don’t intersect all that often, though each is vaguely familiar with each other’s personalities. The movie follows the school year in rough chronological order, most realistic aspects of the story, especially when it ends in a typically awkward adolescent way.

Although American Teen is a documentary, the realities of being a teenager mean that its subjects end up acting every day. But the biggest suspense surrounds the fate of Hannah. At 18, she has the world before her, but does she know that enough to ignore the adults around her, who tell her that she’s nothing?
Movie Content: 3.5/5

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Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in anamorphic 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Colors are bright and sharp, two areas where this print excels. Fleshtones are accurate looking very impressive. One small issue that I had with the print had to do with some of the low lighting used throughout. It hurt parts of the print.
Video Quality: 4/5

The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. This is a presentation that is much more front heavy, with the rears receiving very minimal action. Dialogue was clean through the center channel. The soundtrack did a good job with bring some immersion to the soundfield.
Audio Quality: 3.5/5

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Special Features

  • Pop Quiz: Cast Interviews
  • Deleted Scenes – 6 total
  • Hannah Blogs
  • Character Trailers – 5 total
  • Previews for upcoming Paramount titles

Special Features: 3/5

Final Thoughts:

‘American Teen’ is an interesting documentary which in some ways is just as good as ‘The Breakfast Club’. With great picture quality and nice audio, you can’t go wrong by renting this film.
Overall Rating: 3.5/5 (Rental)