Saturday, September 06, 2008
Movie talk with the regular guy: American Teen
Me and the missus just saw the real life documentary of high schoolers called 'American Teen'.
Remember high school? ::shudder:: Yeah, I know, I still havn't finished high school, that's how much I liked high school.
I was talking to my potter buddy Andy the other day, and the poor sap teaches high school art full-time, and man, he hates it. First day? 2 kids use their cell phones and take pics of their willies to pass around, AND other kids use their cells, held low under the table, to try to shoot upskirts of girls, which they then pass around. Chaos! Anarchy and hell!
And we see that in this documentary. There is a totally mean girl who HAS IT ALL. Looks and loads of money, good grades etc, but man, you hate her, she's such a snake. The basketball star is pushed by everybody but remains sweet, friendly, and hard working and you love him. The geeky boy? He doesn't make life any easier for himself by expressing his low self-esteem so clearly: he pretty much has a 'kick me' sign all over him, and you realize that the fourth character, Hannah, gets kicked around a lot, but she is the opposite. She is creative and ambitious and wants to move UP in the world. Wow. Glad I'm 42. Also glad I retired from teaching high school in 97, before everybody got cells.
OK, 'American Teen', a documentary, 9 thumbs out of ten, plus a bonus point for Hannah, ten thumbs up out of ten.