…what really pisses me off about American Teen is the way Burstein––following countless mainstream non-fiction productions before her––privileges the female victim at the expense of asking difficult questions about the psychology of victimhood and its roots in social constructs like high school. American Teen propagates the same, modern-day martyr, constant victim-as-star bullshit that L.C. plays out season after season on The Hills. And even that, it gets wrong.
Why the documentary American Teen makes The Hills look––once again!––like Great Cinema.