An official selection of Cannes Critics Week and winner of the Special Jury Prize at SXSW, THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER is a youthful and tender coming-of-age drama from first-time writer/director David Robert Mitchell. In the tradition of free-wheeling tributes to adolescence like DAZED & CONFUSED, the film follows four young people (a cast of brilliant young newcomers in their feature film debuts) on the last night of summer - their final night of freedom before the new school year starts. The teenagers cross paths as they explore the suburban wonderland they inhabit in search of love and adventure - chasing first kisses, elusive crushes, popularity and parties - and discover the quiet moments that will later resonate as the best in their youth.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
What Mr. Mitchell gets splendidly right in this quiet, observant film, is the unsteady mixture of sophistication and naivete that is central to the modern American teenage way of being in the world.A.O. Scott, New York Times, 07.21.2011
Mitchell has an ear for the tentativeness of adolescence, the way that everyone is trying on postures, attitudes, selves.Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, 07.20.2011
Well-intentioned but derivative and only intermittently engaging, the suburban Michigan-set indie hits at least as many false notes as true ones.Rob Nelson, Variety, 07.20.2011
With "The Myth of the American Sleepover," first-time writer-director David Robert Mitchell tells a coming-of-age tale with such freshness and such bemused insight it's as if it has never been told before.Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, 07.28.2011