AOM Guest Blog: Melissa Walker on American Teen
Posted August 27, 2008on:
There’s lots of controversy over American Teen, which opened last Friday. I saw it with a friend who really didn’t like it, mostly because he felt it was staged and manipulative, ideas which are widely being discussed, like in this LA Times story.
The thing is, I did like it! I guess I watched it partly as if I were watching fiction. The line is so blurred now (ahem, The Hills) that I’m not sure I ever buy into really watching “reality.” I met the cast after the showing, and they were awesome people.
They’re spinning it as a real “Breakfast Club,” which didn’t really hold water for me, though the people in it were labeled in a similar way to the classic brain, athlete, basket case, princess or criminal. I loved Jake, as I’ve blogged about, because despite his social awkwardness, he seemed so utterly true to himself and so determined to find his way in a world that consistently ignored or insulted him. And I also had a really strong affinity for Hannah, pictured above, who now lives in Brooklyn (Hannah, email me. Seriously.) She’s the classic Young Adult book heroine–a beautiful, artsy girl trying to escape a small-town existence, with stupid boyfriends who don’t appreciate her and provincial parents who can’t imagine her leaving.
I would love to hear what everybody thinks: Do you plan to see it? If you saw it, what did you think?
PS-Leave a comment here to win the “Team Jake” button. And yes, that is totally the button that he gave me from his very own hoodie when I asked him where I could get one. Chivalry is not dead, people!
PPS-Yes, Mitch really is that hot. It’s kind of breathtaking.