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The Myth of the American Sleepover

Heartbreaking, funny and lovingly told.

— Anthony Breznican, USA Today

The American debut film of the year, and an experience you must work into your summer calendar. A one-of-a-kind teen movie.

— Andrew O'Hehir, Salon

CRITICS PICK! A lovely debut feature. What Mr. Mitchell gets splendidly right in this quiet, observant film, is the unsteady mixture of sophistication and naïveté that is central to the modern American teenage way of being in the world.

— A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Presented by Sundance Selects | United States | Jul 22nd, 2011 | 97 MINS | NR

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.


  • David Robert Mitchell


  • Adele Romanski

Executive Producer

  • Michael Ferris Gibson


  • David Robert Mitchell