The Myth Of The American Sleepover
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The Myth Of The American Sleepover
The Myth of the American Sleepover is a youthful and tender coming-of-age drama from first-time writer/director David Robert Mitchell. In the tradition of free-wheeling tributes to adolescence like Dazed & Confused, the film follows four young people (a cast of brilliant newcomers in their feature film debuts) on the last night of summer - their final night of freedom before the new school year starts. The teenagers cross paths as they explore the suburban wonderland they inhabit in search of love and adventure - chasing first kisses, elusive crushes, popularity and parties - and discover the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's a lot to like here - not least disarmingly natural performances from the mostly non-professional actors."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"With "The Myth of the American Sleepover," first-time writer-director David Robert Mitchell tells a coming-of-age tale with such freshness and such bemused insight it's as if it has never been told before."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"It's an unsentimental debut of some promise and it has the ring of truth."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"David Robert Mitchell's moodily magical first feature."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Beautifully shot, nostalgia-fuelled teen drama that plays out in dreamlike fashion and is content to unfold at its own unhurried pace ..."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"I remember 15. It was a mess. Mitchell's movie serenely amplifies the mess."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"A one-of-a-kind teen movie, which captures that distinctive moment in adolescent life when nostalgia, loss and anxiety begin to populate one's consciousness with ghosts."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"Nicely acted, beautifully shot, ultimately disappointing ..."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"A likeable cast of unknowns wriggle convincingly through the awkwardness of late adolescence in first-time director David Robert Mitchell's low-key indie drama."
‑ Marc Lee, Daily Telegraph
"The Myth of the American Sleepover is a minor entry into the genre, but it more than adequately captures that heartbreaking time we all once shared, and leaves us with that feeling of longing ... we still have for it today."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"The Myth of the American Sleepover is an indie movie-lover's dream, one of those rare instances where a lack of budget and experience is trumped by heartfelt vision, natural talent and amateur enthusiasm."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"I can sympathize with the need to connect with teen audiences without having to resort to the usual antics, but the answer is not to swap the real world for a patently fake one."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Writer/director David Robert Mitchell's sweet, sexless drama."
‑ Henry Barnes, Guardian
"Soulful, heartening and - in its final scene - heartbreaking."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"David Robert Mitchell's impressive if derivative debut doesn't delve so much into a myth as a mini-genre."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
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