Myth of The American Sleepover
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There isn't a lot going on in this movie other than the stuff kids do in the summer. They attend parties, try to impress each other, try to find that romantic interest or generate same from a member of the opposite sex (no obviously gay interest that I saw) and have varying levels of angst, disappointment, excitement and fun trying to figure out themselves and other kids/young adults. The sleepover theme comes from a group of girls that sleep over at one of the girl's parents' house, where the movie's only real conflict arises.
But this is not a film about particularly conflicted people; it is a slice of life film without message or principal theme other than to say what goes on in the film is sometimes dull, sometime involving, and always honest -- or real life, you might say. This is among the more honest teen-interest films I can recall seeing, now or ever. There is not a thread of pretension in this movie. People in the movie do what people do in real life.
One example is a fellow that came home from college in Chicago, who has a younger sister in the sleepover, who sets off to pursue a pair of twins he knew from high school. When he finds them, at University of Michigan during a pre-enrollment freshman orientation, he can't tell them the truth about why he sought them. They pester him until he tells them of his interest, and the events in this interlude are probably close to reality for most people.Read more ›
Before watching, put yourself in the mindset of American Graffiti or Dazed & Confused: this is an ensemble story where nothing "big" happens, and many of the characters end up in the same place - literally and figuratively - where they started.
If you want plot twists and prom scenes and epiphanies, look elsewhere.
Potential spoiler: The only thing that I found ironic was that these kids had a "make-out" center to go to where one could "hook up" with one of the opposite sex. Personally, that would've scared me during my teenage years...but, I know some of my buddies would've loved it!!
No sex is depicted, just mild romantic "make-out" scenes and the consumption of alcohol. Just one scene of violence occured (that's what happens when you kiss somebody else's boyfriend).
Watch it! Then, decide whether or not to let your teens check it out! These days, kids would consider this stuff "mild" (most likely)!
I rate "Myth of the American Sleepover"...4 stars!
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Good coming of age flick. Nothing amazing but still entertaining with some laughs.Published 9 months ago by Nai Siew Saetern
I don't mind watching films where nothing is really going on. Some of the best Eric Rohmer films come to my mind.
But, this on is a utter, total bore. Read more
It compares it self to a newer dazed and confused but it was far from it. Over all it didn't entertain.Published on August 4, 2013 by david davenport