On the surface it seems harmless enough -- camera crews follow a group of small-town students during their senior year of high school for a film project designed to capture the transitional moments between childhood and adulthood. The film that sparked a bidding war after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January -- and earned Burstein honors for directing -- also has been criticized as too glossy and too willfully mainstream. Some question its authenticity. For this project, Burstein said she set her sights on capturing the rituals of the teenage years as honestly as possible. Some things had changed, but the real emotional core of what you go through at that age very much stays the same. For the film, Burstein trained her lens on the small town of Warsaw, Ind. She whittled her focus to five subjects, each of whom fits into sharply defined archetypes -- the jock, the rebel, the queen bee, the geek and the hunk.
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Director Nanette Burstein originally reviewed more than different schools in the pre-production process, and ten schools replied, agreeing to participate. After she interviewed incoming seniors at all 10, she chose Warsaw. Some film critics have accused the director, Nanette Burstein, of giving the documentary a sensationalized feel,  and others have gone so far as to claim that the film feels scripted and the very presence of the cameras take the reality out of the situation. One continual issue with the movie, was that Tusing was continually forced to "get a girlfriend" in order not to be removed from the film. Other issues include scripted arguments, and cue cards. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Archived from the original PDF on USA Today. Retrieved
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