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American Teen

This documentary follows some real life American Teens from Warsaw, Indiana, chronicling the social, emotional and educational challenges of completing their senior year. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C+
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: C-
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: D+
Run Time: 100
Theater Release: 24 Jul 2008
Video Release: 01 Dec 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

What influence may the cameras and crewmembers have had on the students in this film? How might their reactions differ because of the presence of the media? Do you think their reactions are honest?

What pressures do each of these students face because of the expectations of others? Do adults put undo stresses on these students? What outcomes does the community count on from the athletes in this film?

How do the students deal with disappointments? Would their behaviors be acceptable in the adult world? How might their setbacks prepare them for later letdowns? Do any of the students in this film really lose out or fail?

Some of the teens are eager to leave town so they can be a new person. How easy is it to be someone different in another circumstance? What effect does their experiences after high school seem to have on them?

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