Sean Beaudoin

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American Teen dir. Nanette Burstein — 7.7

A mostly refreshingly honest documentary about 6 teens living in small-town Indiana. It trades on the usual stereotypes: the nerd, the jock, the popular girl who hurts inside, and the unpopular girl who hurts inside just a bit more legitimately. For some reason, there are animated segments inserted between the story lines that are distracting and out of place. There is also an annoying timeline difference between the way the director edited the story and clear physical changes in the students (one boy has a case of acne that goes from non-existent to extreme while walking from room to room in scenes that obviously happened months apart, but are made to seem consecutive. Still, it contains all the usual insight and heartbreak anyone could hope for from turning on a camera and letting a 17 year old talk.
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“I ran down the hall. And stopped in front of the counselor’s office. There was nothing there. Not even a door, just bricks. I could swear there used to be a door.”

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