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Myth of The American Sleepover (2010)

Marlon Morton , Claire Sloma , David Robert Mitchell  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Marlon Morton, Claire Sloma, Amanda Bauer
  • Directors: David Robert Mitchell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00699G640
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,402 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In the tradition of free-wheeling tributes to adolescence like Dazed & Confused, THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER follows four young people (a cast of brilliant young newcomers in their feature film debuts) on the last night of summer - their final night of freedom before the new school year starts. The teenagers cross paths as they explore the suburban wonderland they inhabit in search of love and adventure - chasing first kisses, elusive crushes, popularity and parties - and discover the quiet moments that will resonate as the best of their youth. Writer/director David Robert Mitchell crafts a tender coming-of-age drama that s at times both heartwarming and truthful.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tepid and honest and dull and involving December 31, 2011
Myth of the American Sleepover is a teen-themed but adult interest directo to video film about a group of suburban Detroit kids on the last day of summer vacation, before they either go off to high school or college. The events in this film take place in people's yards, at a lake, in their homes and at the University of Michigan.

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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Know what you're getting December 9, 2012
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This film will play better to former teens than current ones. The cast is populated with inexperienced actors (some of whom are more effective than others), and the filmmakers are more interested in showing a small slice of summer than taking you on a more traditional narrative journey.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Suburban American teens May 16, 2014
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The rituals American teens which are somewhat tribal at times. Girls chasing boys and boys chasing girls. By the end of the night hardly any of them end up with who they thought they, or we, would. The interactions between the teens during a night of multiple sleepovers and parties is fun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better Teen Movie August 29, 2014
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The teenagers depicted in this film seem more realistic than those usually portrayed in teen films. It was not easy to guess the ending of several of the "relationships". This film is better than most of its kind. Recommended.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK May 21, 2013
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This movie does a decent job of capturing that time between being a 'tween and when you can drive. Most of these kids must be 14-15. So, in a year, they'll be driving and humping like rabbits. But they're still at that awkward stage of having these newfound raging hormones, but not knowing what to do with them. Yes, there's a lot of wandering around and banal conversation... because that's what kids this age are all about. There are some tender moments, but overall nowhere near as enjoyable as Dazed And Confused or some classic teen film like that, nor is it a movie like Kids.
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