Interviews are shallow, intimate footage looks fake, animations are ugly, and the teens Nanette Burstein follows are real stereotypes. I feel I've learnt more about american teenagers watching TV dramas and MTV reality shows... This documentary is pretty disappointing. Not even one star for this.
Maybe a little bit artificial and shifty, however it turns to be a portrait of different kind of students who fell into doubts, fears and natural obstacles; the documentary tries to capture all of those moments showing how adversities can be overtaken. We can find some good ideas here and there but overall it's a simple and unpretentious doc about youth. OST is good though.
Easily the phoniest documentary I've ever seen, so staged and fabricated, it's a travesty to call it non-fiction cinema. And it's not even faked well. It's as if the filmmakers tried to find the most stereotypical teenagers in America, then shoved them through the most obvious melodrama imaginable, all told with a Baby Boomer's understanding of modern teen culture and social networking technology. An embarrassment.
A docu-drama, shot “The Hills” style, featuring the queen bee, the jock, the super geek, the lady misfit, and a bunch of high school seniors in Indiana. It makes us reminisce our pre-adolescent ambitions, acne, raging hormones, first love, and first heartbreak. www.pixelatedpopcorn.blogspot.com
This definitely has some moments of poignancy and it's a a semi-accurate portrayal of high school but it feels too fake. There's no possible way to do this type of documentary without secret cameras in pens or something ridiculous. I'm sorry it just doesn't feel real but it DOES have phenomenal moments of real emotion. I love the animations