The Myth of the American Sleepover

2010 NR 1h 33m DVD

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The Myth of the American Sleepover

2010 NR 1h 33m DVD
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Facing personal and interpersonal crossroads on the last night of summer vacation, four high school friends wander the streets of suburban Detroit, each taking the first tentative steps into the world of adulthood in this thought-provoking drama.
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this drama about the last night of summer in a suburban Detroit town is fairly realistic in the way it portrays its teen characters. They swear ("f--k" and more), get drunk, smoke, and make out at the drop of a hat. But they have idealistic notions, too, that haven't yet been tarnished by hard-won cynicism. Expect kissing, groping, and sexual innuendo, and lots of underage drinking -- sometimes to the point of throwing up or passing out.

Sexual Content

Teens grope each other and make out; some characters do so with multiple people in the same night. Lots of flirting and checking people out.


A girl punches another after a painful discovery; a boy is egged by his friends.


Pretty salty, including "f--k" and "slut."

Social Behavior

At the end of the night, most of the teens seem to learn a lesson and benefit from it. One character is very sweet and appears to place more stock in a girl's personality than her burgeoning sexuality. That said, there are tons of underage drinkers and smokers here, which doesn't send the best message.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Plenty of scenes depict underage drinking (wine, beer, and hard liquor). It seems to be the way of life in the town in which the film is set. Teens throw up, pass out, and make out while inebriated. In one house, a girl prepares to snort cocaine; some young characters also smoke cigarettes. References to weed.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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