Missy Schwartz
December 10, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

American Teen

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
102 minutes
Limited Release Date
07/25/08
director
Nanette Burstein
distributor
Paramount Vantage
author
Nanette Burstein
genre
Documentary

We gave it a C-

It’s a shame that American Teen, Nanette Burstein’s (The Kid Stays in the Picture) engaging doc chronicling the senior year of five Indiana high schoolers, was such a massive box office flop. How else to explain the dreadfully low-rent DVD? A movie that captures Gen-Y’s obsessively interactive, blog-and text-errific culture deserves better EXTRAS than a few stultifying cast interviews. Even the bonus footage of breakout star Bailey is a letdown. Teen: B+ Extras: C?

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