Pillow Fight

The Myth of the American Sleepover is like many great teenage coming-of-age movies. In how it takes a laid back realistic approach to how young people think and act. The movie focuses on four young people in particular. A girl trying to fit in and impress a guy. A guy searching for a blonde that he saw at a store. A girl experiencing problems with the guy she’s dating. And a guy trying to decide between twins he’s falling in love with. Meanwhile everyone else is throwing separate sleepovers. The main reason I saw this film (that you’ve probably never heard of) is because it’s David Robert Mitchell’s first movie. The guy who directed my favorite horror movie It Follows. Since I loved that so much I figured I’d check out what came before. I’m reviewing it today because his third movie was pushed back from this date.ย The Myth of the American Sleepover takes cues from other teen movies like Dazed and Confused and American Graffiti. With a little John Hughes thrown in for good measure. I also noticed some personal motifs that Mitchell seems to like using. Young people, artistic shots, swimming pools, Detroit, and no adults. David Robert Mitchell really does have the makings of a great filmmaker here.ย The Myth of the American Sleepover won’t be remembered, but it does accomplish its job nevertheless.

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Maggie (left) bikes with her friend (right)

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