by Danielle Genet
While "Harry Potter" may be blowing up the box office right now, on the quieter side a film called “The Myth of the American Sleepover” will sneak its way to select theater locations this Friday (July 22). MTV News was lucky enough to catch a special screening at the Ace Hotel in New York City on Sunday night (July 17), and we're here to tell you all about it.
Here are five reasons why you should throw on those onesies, play a game of “Truth or Dare,” grab a tub of popcorn and experience this flick after the jump.
The Little Film that Could
Move over $250 million budgets, cheaper is becoming chic now. “Myth” was impressively produced for a budget of around $50,000 and was filmed in just five weeks. However, the film has the ability to captivate its audience with its realistic storyline revolving around a group of Detroit-based teens on their last night of summer. The film provides sensory relief and really focuses on the subtlety of the eye-line matches and finger touching between love interests. Along the same lines, there are no crazy special effects that detract from the story, which you may find surprisingly refreshing.
Director David Robert Mitchell drew on his own past experiences when developing the script and wanted a relatively non-recognizable cast to allow the audience to relate to the characters as everyday teens. You can probably find a little bit of your past self in each of the characters. Claire Sloma steals the show in her role as the multi-layered character, incoming freshman Maggie. Also equally entertaining is Amanda Bauer (Claudia), who sets up various schemes at one of the sleepovers such as messing with an Ouija board (remember those?) and causing drama with another girl’s boyfriend.
Remember those days without cell phones? “Myth” takes you back before instant communication to a time when we wrote numbers on our arms and left notes at the front door. Using various different production techniques, “Myth” draws on settings from the 50s to the present, blurring any concept of time and enabling its audiences to relate at any age.
Do you remember your last night of summer? Your first love? The film’s strongest point is centering on those little moments we’ve all experienced. After thinking about it, you may wish there were things you did differently. However, in this film, many of the characters are allowed closure and get to make up for those "missed moments." Memorable moments from this movie include the innocent exchanges between characters with lines such as, “Can I hold your hand?” and pulling all-nighters with the newest crush, fully savoring every second and each exciting feeling. This movie is sure to make you feel good inside too.
Awards and Recognition
Writer/Director Mitchell worked tirelessly for over 8 years on his debut feature film. This film has picked up multiple awards (such as the SXSW Film Festival in March 2010 where it received a special jury prize for Best Ensemble Cast) and made its international premiere at International Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival. In other words, people are taking notice -- perhaps you should too!
Are you going to see “The Myth of the American Sleepover?” Let us know in the comments!