Set against the backdrop of mile roads, neighborhood blocks, abandoned factories and lakes which make up Metro-Detroit, this story follows four young people as they search for love and adventure on the last night of summer.
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His latter film led me to this but it couldn't have been worse. If there is already a formal security that would make him interesting, in this movie survives all the cliches of heterosexual teen movies staged to nausea, with several "indie" formal indulgences like, for example, the editing of several scenes in slow motion connected with indie pop songs.
Great cinematography, ho-hum screenplay. Silences between dialogues does not equal "poetic" or "cinematic". None of it was just really that interesting. Keep in mind, this is coming from a Terrence Malick fan
"The Myth of The American Sleepover" is a brilliant essay about youth. Located in Detroit, the film starts to catch all the teen hopes that might happen that night in several sleepovers. As the night goes on, slowly and in a conscious way, dreams and expectations are dissolved, thus constructing the myth.
David Robert Mitchell and James Laxton made the movie look real and it was the best of the film, reality.
"American Graffiti" set the standard for the nostalgic meaningful night of youth movie, and "Myth of the American Sleepover" comes from the modern indie side of this tradition. Being a film populated by confused, hormonal teenagers, it hits on themes you'd expect it to, but does so in a way that invites adjectives like "understated" and "poignant" and other words you apply to "little independent movies." Recommended.
Wonderfully perceptive film follows a group of teenagers on the last night of summer as new friendships are made, old ones are reinforced, and romances are kindled. Perhaps the most vivid and emotionally honest evocation of late childhood I've ever seen. Simple yet powerful, the film captures that hazy nostalgia of a beautiful moment in time right before you know it's all about to end.