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American Teen (2008)
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
For some strong language, sexual material, some drinking and brief smoking--all involving teens
Hannah Bailey, Colin Clemens, Megan Krizmanich, Mitch Reinholt, Jake Tusing
American Teen (2008)
The touching and hilarious Sundance hit that follows the lives of five teenagers - a jock, a popular girl, a heartthrob, an artsy girl and a geek – in one small town in Indiana through their senior year of high school. We see the insecurities, the cliques, the jealousies, the first loves and heartbreaks, and the struggle to make profound decisions about the future.
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The Teens in their Twenties
Colin: At the time, we didn't know who the ones being filmed were. I mean you kinda had an idea&ellips; it wasn't set in stone, like you were the five chosen ones from the beginning. She [Burstein] was following 12 to 15 people. We actually found out for the first time that it was us five when we went to Sundance.
HJ: When you saw the film, or did she tell you before?
Colin: Well, we kind of found out when we go to the airport. 'Cause they're like, Jake's gonna be waiting there, and Mitch is gonna be with you, and that's how we kind of found out who the five were. And then we saw the film, the day before the big premiere&ellips; which was pretty crazy.
HJ: What was it like when you saw the film for the first time?
Megan: I bawled.
Colin: It was emotional for all of us&ellips; I was more emotional at other people's part's, not my own
Megan: Me also.
HJ: What parts of the movie were the most emotional for you? Besides your own story, what did you identify with most?
Mitch: I really enjoyed watching Jake's story. I could honestly relate with him in a lot of ways, as far as his desire to have a girlfriend. I feel extremely awkward with girls sometimes. And I'm sure if you recorded me, I would have some classic line that would make no sense. And I enjoyed seeing him prevail. I mean I felt for him when he didn't. But it was pretty cool. I enjoyed his story a lot. And then of course Hannah's. Everybody loved Hannah's.
Jake: That was my favorite
HJ: Any particular aspect?
Megan: I like Hannah's description of California. She goes on about the beaches and the mountains and Arnold.
Jake: I like how once she has her mind set on something, she does it.
Mitch: Exactly. I really respect that, and envy it a little bit.
Colin: Me, huh?
HJ: Go for it.
Colin: I kind of related to Megan's story a little bit, 'cause she had pressures from her dad kinda like what I did. So, I related to that. And like Jake said, I really respected Hannah for what she went through&ellips; Hannah's and Jake's story were complete surprises to me. I only knew their names and what they looked like. I didn't know anything about them. I said earlier in a different interview, it's kind of funny how you like get this image in your head of who somebody is. Like I pictured Hannah as this happy-go-lucky girl, had no problems, just having fun in high school. And then I see this story, and it's just like, wow. You really don't truly know someone until you get to be friends with them or you talk to them or whatever.
HJ: How did you see the film this first time? Was it just you five, or was it with an entire audience?
Mitch: It was at Sundance, the night before the world premiere. So it had been like two years since we graduated, and we hadn't heard anything, had no idea what our roles in it were, what directions she [Burstein] decided to go with our stories. It was the five of us, and then Geoff Haase, Megan's friend, Megan's slap toy [laughter], and Nanette, and Jordan Roberts (who was one of the producers). She [Burstein] sat us down, and she's like, here you go, enjoy. And I was sitting next to Hannah, and it was tough for me to watch myself&ellips; not treat her extremely well. That wasn't cool.
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