"I think it proves that there's a lot more to each of us," Reinholt added. "The movie introduces us as two-dimensional characters that fit into the mold, and then throughout the movie you kind of see that they're three-dimensional."
The documentary comes in the wake of semireality television hits dealing with a similar premise, such as "Laguna Beach" and its spin-off "The Hills." Though she admits to watching the shows, Krizmanich commented, "I think those reality shows are just kind of one-layered, and I think we took reality to multiple layers. I think that you get to know us personally and get to deal with our families, not just all the drama that's happening in our life. I think it especially helped that Nanette had so much footage to work with."
Though filmed in 2006, it was only recently that the students were able to view the documentary. Since then, they're all gone on their respective paths to college. Krizmanich and Bailey both privately screened the film in New York City.
"My first time seeing it," said Reinholt, "was at Sundance the night before the world premiere. It was the five of us in a room with Nanette, and we just sat down and watched it. It was emotional for me, I think we all kind of felt for each other a little bit, but we were also having fun with it."
"It was incredible; I didn't even know Jake [Tusing] at all in high school. I met him on the plane to Sundance," he added. "So we went to the same high school, graduated together, and I didn't even know what he looked like until we got there. But looking back on that now, I'm kind of sad that I didn't know him because we're really good friends now, and I feel like I kind of wasted time in high school that we could have been hanging out, getting along and having fun together."
"We're all best friends now, we've grown very close," Reinholt said. To which Krizmanich quickly quipped, "Like a little family."
All of the participants had different perspectives on their favorite moment in the film. "For me it's watching the very end of the movie when Hannah is in San Francisco and you see her smile," Reinholt admitted. "She did what she wanted to do, she stood up for what she thought was right and just went. "
"I think for a really touching one, it's Colin's moment when he's with his dad in the car talking about the Army and he's so adamant about how he 'doesn't have what it takes to kill a person.' That line, it's like hope for Americans in general," said Bailey. "He's standing up for what he believes in, it's such a huge topic and subject and it's his father. I just think it's wonderful. I love that moment."
Krizmanich sums it up, "I think we relate a lot to all teenagers. I think that high school experiences can differ a little bit depending on where you live, but overall I think we kind of represent the struggle that high school is. It's not easy for anybody."