American Teen: Meet Hannah And Jake

I can't say this enough, American Teen is my favorite film of 2008 so far (you can read my review from Sundance). Nanette Burstein, the Academy Award-nominated filmmaker of On The Ropes spent one year following a group of teenagers during their senior year of high school. The movie won the directing award at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and has been playing the festival circuit to rave reviews ever since. I can't stress to you how great this film is. I know, at first glance it might look like MTV's The Hills to some people (evident in the comments for the theatrical trailer), but trust me, there really is no comparison (probably because this is 95% real). I'm sure film festival audiences wouldn't sit through The Hills – The Movie, never-mind give it a standing ovation.

The heart of the movie for me, and most people, is Hannah, the "rebel" art-student who dreams of leaving her midwest town to go to California to become a filmmaker. Paramount Vantage has put together a series of Character Teaser Trailers. Some of them do a disservice to the film, but I've included the trailers below for the two most interesting characters (at least from my perspective, which might say something about me), Hannah and Jake ("the geek"). American Teen hits theaters on July 25th 2008.

Discuss: What do you think of the new character trailers for American Teen?

American Teen Poster