American Teen was a movie that did really well at Sundance and had a lot of buzz this summer, but I purposefully didn't see it in theaters because a) I hate coming-of-age stories (even unscripted ones) for some reason that I've never been able to figure out, and b) I also hate teenagers as a general rule and was afraid I'd be trapped in a movie world with them and die of being annoyed (it can happen). So I didn't see it until last night, and while I ended up far less annoyed than I expected to be, my main reaction was just kind of, wow, that was the fanciest True Life episode I've ever seen sort of!
I know it's a bold prediction, but I believe American Teen is the movie that's singlehandedly going to make documentaries cool again. Oh, right, they never were cool in the first place. Maybe in a certain geeky/political Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock crowd, they were considered cool, but not in general. Well, if people give it a chance, American Teen really could change that.