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American Teen

Reality show or documentary? Thankfully, this feature film leans more toward the second category. Nannette Burstein (The Kid Stays in the Picture) chronicles the senior year of four 17-year-olds in Warsaw, Ind. Using The Breakfast Club as her template, Burstein tries to figure out why kids accept the labels (jock, nerd, rebel) that they've been given. There are moments of genuine insight, but Burstein's slick editing style and the nagging feeling of subjects pandering to the camera tend to sand out the rough edges, making the whole affair a tad more superficial than it could have been. 95 minutes PG-13.