ABC Family’s record breaking The Secret Life of the American Teenager packs a cliché a minute, in the follow up television series by 7th Heaven creator Brenda Hampton. The story of young Amy Juergens (Shailene Woodley), a naïve French horn player, who inadvertently gets pregnant after having sex the first time (of course), while away at band camp, TSLOTAT follows her through the ups and downs of teenage pregnancy. Along the way, she meets and falls in love with Ben, the son of the Sausage King and the sweetest boy in the world. While she tries to keep her pregnancy from her friends and family, as with all secrets, eventually it comes out. She tells her best friends Madison and Lauren, who inadvertently tell Ben’s best friends Harry (typical nerdy and unconfident Asian boy) and Alice (generalized sex-stat-spouting genius Asian girl) who eventually tell Ricky (the baby’s father, man whore) and Adrian (the stereotypical trampy high school girl, who happens to be a twirler in the band). Grace (the bible-reading good girl) and Jack (the horny jock) find out. Oh and Amy’s sister, Ashley, is there, too, morosely working her way through the part. There are also adult stories going on, too, but they act more childish than the teens. Amy’s parents hate each other (one of whom is Molly Ringwald), and Grace’s parents are preachy.
All in all, it’s a family show that is, at best, lukewarm, creatively speaking. The writing is simple and the storylines aren’t groundbreaking. Also, the acting is forced. Aside from scenes featuring Molly Ringwald and Shailene Woodley together, everything feels like acting class 101. It’s the kind of show, not unlike 7th Heaven, that you almost feel the need to watch, just to see what they’ll come up with next.
DVD Details :
Find out what fans and critics are buzzing about when the hit ABC Family original series, The Secret Life of the American Teenager: The First Season comes to DVD on December 30, 2008 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Winner of the 2008 Teen Choice for “Teen Choice Summer TV Show”, all 11 episodes come together in a three-disc set that also includes a song download of the new hit single “It’s Over” from chart topping artist Jesse McCartney.
The deepest secrets of a group of high school friends are revealed in this award-winning series overflowing with humor, heart and compassion. Parents and teens alike will be captivated by the show’s unexpectedly authentic look at contemporary youth. Created by Brenda Hampton (“7th Heaven”), The Secret Life of the American Teen stars Molly Ringwald (Pretty in Pink), Shailene Woodley (“Crossing Jordan,” “The O.C.”“), Francia Raisa (Bring It On: All or Nothing ), Greg Finley (“Cold Case”), Josie Bissett (“Melrose Place”), and John Schneider (“Smallville”).
· Behind the Scene with the cast of The Secret Life of the American Teenager
The Secret Life of the American Teenager follows six friends as they learn to define themselves while they navigate the perilous waters of contemporary adolescence. Everyone at t Grant High School has something to hide, like Amy Juergens (Shailene Woodley). Viewed as a “good girl” and a band geek, Amy is pregnant and does not know how to break the news to her parents. Cheerleader Grace Bowman’s (Megan Park) struggle to keep her vow of chastity; Ricky Underwood hides his skeletons in the closet; and even Amy’s parents conceal the truth behind their shaky marriage. There is always more than meets the eye in this poignant portrait of modern day life in high school.
STREET DATE: December 30, 2008
Suggested retail price: $39.99 U.S.
Feature run time: Approx. 473 min
Rated: USA: TV-14 DLSV
Technical specifications may only apply to feature
Aspect ratio: Widescreen (1.78:1)
Sound: 5.1 audio
Languages: English – Includes Spanish and French Subtitles