Monday, December 5, 2011

Under 250: The Myth of the American Sleepover

Myth of the American Sleepover is the rare teen movie that really gets it right.  Set at the end of a suburban summer it’s a crisscrossing, gentle, collective narrative that strings together the last rites of best friends and social cliques.  It’s a quiet film without the bottle smashing revelry and fits of hormonal hypersexuality we’ve come to expect from Hollywood’s take on high school.  What it captures instead is something surprisingly beautiful.  Myth dismantles notions of kids growing up too soon and instead reminds us of our own purity, how wonderful it was to ride a bike through a subdivision with a best friend at our side, to pedal at twilight, to travel in packs, to wander past a crush’s house hoping that they’ll be outside.  It’s the sort of melancholy you can’t help but smile at, even if something about it breaks your heart.  Everything feels important and urgent, as if somehow these kids (unknowns all) are aware that this is the end, that these days are coming to a close and that soon the time for Ouija boards and ghost stories will be over.

2 comments:

  1. Oh, I'm so glad to see more people championing this film! I saw it at a festival over a year ago and fell in love with it, but I've found so few other people who have seen it. Hopefully now that it's on Netflix Instant in the US, more people will check it out.

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  2. I actually stumbled upon it accidentally on Showtime (they have it available on demand as well). Wish films like this could find a proper release, they deserve it...

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