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AICN EXCLUSIVE CLIP! A Moment From This Summer’s “It” Documentary, AMERICAN TEEN!

Hey, everyone. “Moriarty” here. I haven’t had a chance to see AMERICAN TEEN yet. Wasn’t at Sundance, and the LA Film Festival screening (which sounded amazing) timed out wrong because of some family issues. But I’m a big documentary freak in general, and I love how this look at modern high school students seems to be getting the sort of affectionate praise that is normally reserved for fiction. Today, we’ve got a first look clip courtesy of the fine folks over at Paramount Vantage. Let’s check it out:

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It’s an introduction to one of the main characters, and a discussion of both cliques and his dreams of romance. Right away, you can see how this film is taking these real stories and this real footage and cutting it in a way that feels like a more traditional “movie,” which may help this cross over to an audience that might not otherwise see a documentary theatrically. Boy, this kid seems familiar. Can’t wait to see the film for myself when it’s released later this month.

Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles
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  • July 7, 2008, 6:02 p.m. CST

    The American high school was modeled after military indoctrinati

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    Specifically, from Prussia. "The schools must fashion the person, and fashion him in such a way that he simply cannot will otherwise than what you wish him to will."<p><p>

  • July 7, 2008, 6:22 p.m. CST

    "It" Documentary? Not hardly

    by critch

    No matter how much you try to push this on the world, nobody's buying this heavily scripted escape from mtv. Not to mention that nobody gives a shit about American teenagers.

  • July 7, 2008, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Prof. Pop-Cult

    by slone13

    Interesting. And yet another reason why private high-schools are more fun.

  • July 7, 2008, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Prof. Pop-Cult

    by Xiphos_2

    I've graduated High School, Army and Marine Corps boot camps and there is nothing in common between the three, so the idea that they're is some sort of Prussian model is not accurate at all.

  • July 7, 2008, 6:37 p.m. CST

    "It" Documentary?

    by Jackie Boy

    Who the fuck says shit like that besides pretentious wannabe hipsters and Entertainment Weekly?

  • July 7, 2008, 7:21 p.m. CST

    What they are missing

    by CrazyGnome

    is him yelling at his guildies over vent while playing WOW. It is nice that hardcore MMO players get their day on the big screen. Whether this guy plays MMO doesn't matter, he embodies the hardcore MMO player.

  • July 7, 2008, 7:50 p.m. CST


    by prunkhaft

  • July 7, 2008, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Indoctrination, Xiphos

    by chains

    "I've graduated High School, Army and Marine Corps boot camps..." and thus, you are the least likely individual on the planet to see the matrix that surrounds you. It's quite simple: Follow instructions, repeat what you've been told, and you will advance. Diverge from that program, and you will not. For more in-depth research, and the exact details of the system created to deliberately indoctrinate and dumb-down Americans, read "The Underground History of American Education" by John Taylor Gatto... or any of his excellent essays you can find through Google.

  • July 7, 2008, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Hannah Bailey

    by CGI_Pants

    This documentary was shot near my hometown in the city of Warsaw, Indiana. I've been intrigued about it since I first heard about it. When I saw the trailer, I realized that one of the girls looked familiar. The "artsy" "punk" "scene" girl to be specific. Then I remembered several years ago in the summer of 2003, my friend Joe was dating her. Her name is Hannah Bailey. To make it even more interesting, I also heard rumors that she bit one of my friends dicks when giving him head a long time ago as well. Whether it is true or not, who knows. I think I'd be cautious putting anything near her mouth.

  • July 8, 2008, 2:43 a.m. CST


    by Don Lockwood

    I saw the poster for this at the local cinemegaplex when I went to see Wall*E. They're marketing it as some kind of "modern" Breakfast Club.

  • July 8, 2008, 5:01 a.m. CST

    I understand you guys have to be nice

    by Shepard Wong

    to film makers that give you content but this movie sucks out loud. I can't believe how hard it's being pushed on this site. At least there isn't a shitty four legged Gort Totem in it.

  • July 8, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST

    It's Science...

    by brainfubar

    Sounds like this clip is hitting a little to close to home for some of AICN's readers. Don't be afraid of the truth. That deadpan, "Napoleon Dynamite" style pretty much defined my high school experience. I think this will be the perfect approach to a doc on this subject.

  • July 8, 2008, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Rent Kirby Dick's "Chain Camera" instead.

    by themikejonas

    'Nuff Said.

  • July 8, 2008, 2:44 p.m. CST

    For more about child indoctrination

    by Papa Boule

    Read "For Your Own Good" by Alice Miller.