THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER - Now On DemandJuly 27, 2011


THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER - Now On Demand

IFC Films

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of movies on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER (IFC Films).

 

THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER - Now On Demand
By Amy Slotnick

 

Director David Mitchell’s debut feature film explores the familiar landscape of a summer spent in suburbia, when community pools, bike riding and sleepovers dominate the life of the American teen. In THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER, Mitchell’s characters exist in a non-descript time period, in which cell phones, texting and online anything is avoided. This helps to make the lazy, long days of the non-working teen, waiting for high school to start, seem almost mythic.

 



Films such as AMERICAN GRAFFITI and DAZED AND CONFUSED are clear influences, but unlike those films, Mitchell avoids any strong plot devices to drive the narrative. Instead the film recalls familiar feelings and a mood to which many can relate.

Four main storylines play out simultaneously on one long, hot day at the end of summer in a generic, mid-western suburb. Adults are absent and it seems like every kid in the town is heading to a sleepover party. But the characters each have their own motives for the night, none of which involve sleeping.

 



Maggie (Claire Sloma) likes the lifeguard at the town pool, but also wants the burn out kid to like her. She and her sidekick friend ditch the sleepover and head on their bikes to a party by the lake, to find the boys, drink beer and go for a late night swim.

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