American Teen

It is extremely hard to look at a film that made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January and call it “Best of the Year” material. It defies reason for any moviegoer to be looking at a film that early in the year, with months and months of releases ahead of them, to be counting throwing their eggs in the basket of an early bloomer. But thanks to both Sundance and SXSW, I have seen quite a few documentaries already this year and I can safely and confidently say that American Teen, which played at both fests, is one of the absolute best documentaries, if not films that you will see in all of 2008.

Do you need me to repeat that? Ok. American Teen is one of the…

Ah, screw it. Lets just get on with the first trailer, released today by Paramount Vantage.

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Now, for anyone who has seen the film (which hopefully is a lot of you), you already know that the film follows 4 high school seniors from Warsaw, Indiana during their final year of school, but it appears that Paramount Vantage is marketing it as following 5 high school seniors. At the beginning, it was the jock, the princess, the rebel and the geek. But recent marketing, including the first teaser poster and now this trailer, has added Mitch, the heartthrob to the mix. In my mind, this is a good thing, as Mitch is a very integral part of the film and his storyline with Hannah (the rebel) is quite significant. If you ask me, despite the fact that I wasn’t a huge fan of the poster that ripped of The Breakfast Club (because this movie is not, I repeat, is not like The Breakfast Club), I think that the marketing is coming together quite well.

Good marketing, bad marketing, it doesn’t matter. If you miss American Teen when it hits theaters nationwide on July 25th, you are dead to me. As well, if we meet on the streets, I will kick your ass in honor of director Nanette Burstein and her awesome film.

Watch the trailer in High Definition over at Yahoo! Movies


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