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Sleepover (1996)

Michael Albanese (II) , Shannon Barry  |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Albanese (II), Shannon Barry, James Capria, Heather Casey, Karl Giant
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Studio: Leo Films
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004XMT3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,147,124 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aye...but what about the movie? July 21, 2001
I can understand being a big Jeff Buckley fan, but I'm astounded to find that every review of this film focuses solely on his music...and not, as reviews should, on the film as a whole. I think that we should all be thankful that this film is now being released on DVD. Up until now, it's been nigh-unto-impossible to acquire, or even SEE. I was lucky enough to catch it on either the Sundance Channel or the Independent Film Channel (IFC), no doubt at about four or five in the morning, back in 1998. Back when I had Sundance and IFC, I would check them regularly for fresh independent films, particularly at ungodly hours of the morning, when they seemed to showcase some of their best movies. I caught this film from the very beginning and was completely captivated until the final scene. This is one of those movies that doesn't feel like a movie. It feels a lot like life, especially if you're young and know what it was like to be a teenager in the '90s. This film works wonders with its low budget and speaks volumes more than the inferior Teen Angst flicks that Hollywood studios, with all of their millions, churn out in droves. Sure, there were some things in the film that I couldn't relate to personally. But if you were a high school student in the 1990s, there are many elements in this film that you can't help but relate to. I saw a lot of myself in these characters...for better or worse.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Film September 29, 2001
By A Customer
I saw this film in Berlin a few years ago and was moved by it's callow yet intense perspective of teenage angst. Coming of age, it is - or isn't. Disturbing, yet subtle. Performances were right on. The bully was the quintessential. Intense, brooding, a suburban star. Some of the dialogue was underwritten and trite. Buckley is a genius and it's a hidden jewel that he scored a film. Where are the actors now? Where is Sullivan?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fell Asleep March 17, 2013
By W.D.
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Never made it to sundown with this loser... I may have gotten 15 to 20 minutes into it before I gave up. This movie was so bad that if the rest of it made up for the first 20 minutes it would have won 10 Academy Awards.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "A true portrayal of the hardships of teenage life." September 26, 2001
I saw this movie when it was at the Toronto Film Festival many years ago. It was an excellent depiction of what teens go through and how they are so affected by peer pressure. Michael Albanese did an amazing job as the popular leader of his peers. John Sullivan, the director, shot it in a way that made you feel you were actually a teenager again. I recommend this film with a big thumbs up!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By will
Jeff Buckley wrote and recorded the music to this intense film. It's a great find for Buckley fans, because it's never been availible for sale until now. The movie is cool, its very real life...and ultimatly death.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A night gone wrong March 31, 2014
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A bullying jerk (for this review I wasn't allowed the use the word that really applies, though of course it and worse show up plenty of times in the actual movie :~/ ) talks his "friends" (who seem to think that the fact that this bully is possessive about his victims when other bullies show up means he's their friend) into a wild night. Unsurprisingly, it doesn't turn out well for everyone involved.

Apparently a big attraction in this movie is all the Jeff Buckley music, and I don't disagree that the music (his and other) improved the movie. Personally, I found the script to be not bad at all -- reasonably realistic and well-written -- but the acting, a mixed bag here, didn't really do it justice and detracted from the overall impression.

Questions of bullying, power imbalance in relationships, divorce, teens learning about romance, race relations, these are all themes explored by the movie. If you're into that sort of thing, and are willing to overlook some uneven performances, you might like this. I didn't find it compelling enough to offset the flaws.

Now if only someone can explain to me all the vintage 70's cars in a movie released in 1996. It's not a period piece (MTV plays a prominent role in a couple of scenes), and there are more modern vehicles in many of wider shots. But for some reason, the "lead" cars were all older models. A bit disorienting, if you ask me (and no, I guess no one actually did :) ).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad movie March 20, 2013
By rosa
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Not a bad flick, not what I was expecting thought it would be scary but it was ok, if you are like me and just go through movies when your bored.
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2.0 out of 5 stars THe movie was weird. March 15, 2013
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The acting wasn't that good. I saw the ending coming. The mean kid just was a bit too much. Not too good of a movie.
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