American Teen

Synopsis: A documentary on seniors at a high school in a small Indiana town and their various cliques.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Nanette Burstein
Production: Paramount Vantage
  2 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

August 24th, 8:
00 a.m.,

Warsaw, Indiana.

The first day of senior year.

Warsaw is your typical

Midwestern town,

mostly white, mostly Christian,

red state all the way,


but some very wealthy families

and far-from-wealthy families, like mine.

Good morning, staff and students,

we're going to have a wonderful day

here at WCHS.

Our Government teacher, Mr. Grose,

taught us that America is a meritocracy.

But here, it's a total caste system.

At the top is

the most popular group of girls,

led by queen bee Megan Krizmanich.

And then there are the jocks, who in

our school are the basketball players.

Colin Clemens is the star of the team,

which means he's second

only to Jesus in Warsaw.

At the opposite end of the spectrum

is Jake Tusing,

your quintessential

marching-band nerd.

Then there's

my best friend Clarke and me.

I guess you could say

we're the in-betweens.

This is all we've known

since we were little kids,

and in nine months, it'll all be over.

In the meantime, all we have to do is,

you know, figure out who we really are

and where we're headed in life.

Holy shit!

It's gonna be a good year.

Whatever, dude, it's gonna suck.

It is our senior year, though.

No way we won't own the school.

I'll own the school.

I've always owned the school.

Megan Krizmanich, probably

the biggest drama queen in Warsaw.

Smart, popular, attractive.

The richest family.

- Powerful.

- Like a princess.

She's never talked to me,

she's never looked at me.

All through high school

I've heard she is the biggest bitch.

Maybe I am, but I do what I want to do.

I'm not here to impress,

I'm here to be me.

I'm student council vice-president,

I ran track. I did volleyball, golf.

I'm in charge of the service committee.

I was in charge of prom last year.

I mean, every day,

I'm after school, doing something.

Megan's future plans include

attending Notre Dame University

and studying medicine.

Let's hear it for

our homecoming royalty!

Everybody around me thinks

that my life is perfect.

But there is just

so much pressure on me this year.

All of my brothers and sisters

and my dad all attended Notre Dame,

which is unbelievably hard to get into.

Usually they only accept

the valedictorian,

but my dad wants me to get in.

If I don't get in, he'll be heartbroken.

I have to behave.

I can't get in trouble this year.

Megan, you're not gonna

get in trouble this year.

You always get out of things.

Colin's a great kid.

He's one of the funniest people I know.

- Shaun, you look like Magic Johnson.

- That's what my mom says.

Like today, not when he was thin

and good-Iooking.

He's very friendly.

Walk with me.

And he's really a sweetheart.

A lot of girls think he's just totally hot

and they have crushes on him.

His lifestyle is a mystery to me.

This is Colin Clemens

with a Tiger sports reminder.

On Friday, the boys' varsity

basketball team will be taking on

the Tippe Valley Vikings

to kick off the start of the year,

so get out there and support our Tigers.

That's all the news we have

for you today, so

- have a great day, Tigers.

- Have a great day, Tigers.

- Let's go, Tigers!

- Let's go, Tigers!

Around here,

high-school basketball is a big deal.

Warsaw's ridiculous about it.

I mean, if we don't do well this season,

the community's going to go nuts.

Come on now. One, two, three.

- Break!

- Break!

Ladies and gentlemen,

the Warsaw Tigers.

A lot more eyes will be on me this year,

because I'm the go-to guy,

the first scoring option now.

And the stakes are really high for me,

because I'm relying on this season

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Nanette Burstein

Nanette Burstein (born May 23, 1970) is an American film and television director. Burstein has produced, directed, and co-directed documentaries including an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary and the Sundance Special Jury Prize for Documentary. more…

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