Staff Picks: Movies

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL catalog.

A primer on American Teens

After spending the first nine years of my career as a Teen Services librarian, I was very anxious to watch the documentary American Teen. The film is an honest look at five specific teens living out their senior year at a high school in Warsaw, Indiana. Director Nanette Burstein (Kid Stays in the Picture) expertly depicts the lives of a "jock," "queen bee," "heart throb," "nerd," and a "rebel" trying to cope with growing up in a small town facing down adulthood. If you are seeking out an introduction of Midwestern teens that is filled with angst you could do no wrong with watching this movie. If you have tried to stay away from reliving your high school years, you may want to graduate to another flick.


American Teen
Kevin King