Normal Adolescent Behavior
Normal Adolescent Behavior is a 2007 drama
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 written and directed by Beth Schacter
Beth Schacter
Beth Schacter wrote and directed Normal Adolescent Behavior for New Line Cinemas in 2006. The film stars Amber Tamblyn and Kelli Garner and will be released in 2007. Ain't It Cool News, in an early review, said of the film: It’s got something to say. It’s got real weight. This isn’t just some...

. The film was an official selection of the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival
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The film is the story of a group of best friends, all of whom are in a six-way polyfidelitous relationship. They feel that being with this group—and only this group—is more fulfilling and overall better than conventional teenage dating. However, Wendy (Amber Tamblyn
Amber Tamblyn
Amber Rose Tamblyn is an American actress and poet. She first came to national attention in her role on the soap opera General Hospital as Emily Quartermaine, followed by a starring role on the prime-time series Joan of Arcadia portraying the title character...

) begins to question the arrangement after meeting the boy next door.

Normal Adolescent Behavior premiered on Lifetime Television
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 on September 1, 2007. The film was run throughout the month and was still being aired in 2011.


Wendy, Billie, and Ann are seniors at an alternative private school; they spend all their time with fellow students Jonah, Price, and Robert. The six have been friends since elementary school and their friendship has become a six-person monogamous relationship. They swap sex partners each week; their loyalty is to the group, not to one person.

After school orientation, Wendy meets Sean, a new senior who moved from Chicago; he finds out about her "inner geek", and she quickly recognizes a kindred spirit. Soon their friendship becomes romantic, and Wendy is torn between her genuine affection and desire for Sean, and her commitment and belief in the group.

Wendy starts to test the boundaries of her vow to her friends, and Billie realizes that she is going to have to fight to keep her best friend; which shouldn't be a problem, since each of the teens has collected a box full of mementos from their sexual experience.

If Wendy tries to leave, Billie can destroy her reputation and relationship in a heartbeat. While Wendy is trying to decide between Sean and her friends, Wendy's younger brother Nathan meets Sean's mother, Helen, who is waiting a long three weeks to start a new job. Nathan develops a huge crush on her, and he uses his considerable cooking skills to try and woo her.

Then Wendy spends another Saturday night with the group, and she is unable to "cheat" on Sean; her hesitation is all that Billie needs to accuse her best friend. After the girls fight, Wendy takes out her frustration on a random couple who keep making out in front of her house. Ryan, hearing that Wendy is out of the group, tries to be friends, but Wendy doesn't like what Ryan has become—a subservient wet dishrag of a girlfriend.

Sean and Wendy try to be a "normal" couple, but the group quickly tests the relationship: Billie puts the box of memorabilia in Sean's locker. Wendy claims she isn't scared; she knows that Sean loves her. Maybe so, but when he sees the photos that document a lifetime of sexual experimentation, he is fed up and offers an ultimatum: Wendy can burn the box, leave the group, and be a normal girl, or they can break up. Wendy has gone from one ultimatum to another.

When Wendy sees Billie being tortured for being alone by other students, she wants to comfort her friend. Billie invites Wendy back to the group; such is the depth of Billie's love for her. When Billie realizes that Wendy really might leave, she tests her—pushing Wendy to publicly ridicule Ryan, a girl who left the group last year along with her boyfriend, Aaron.

Sean witnesses the brutal scene, where Ryan's past is used against her. Wendy is devastated that she allowed herself to be pushed around by Billie. But Wendy makes a braver and stronger decision—to be alone, along the way revealing that all of the boys in the group had cheated on the girls at some point. Price went away for Spring Break and slept with someone else, subsequently giving the entire group crabs.

Jonah and Robert are in love with each other, and have been sleeping together for three years. The girls in the story—Wendy, Ryan, Ann, and Billie—all must face the next chapter of their lives alone, and for the first time, at least Wendy sees the possibilities this offers.

Partial cast

  • Amber Tamblyn
    Amber Tamblyn
    Amber Rose Tamblyn is an American actress and poet. She first came to national attention in her role on the soap opera General Hospital as Emily Quartermaine, followed by a starring role on the prime-time series Joan of Arcadia portraying the title character...

     as Wendy Bergman
  • Ashton Holmes
    Ashton Holmes
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     as Sean Mayer
  • Raviv Ullman as Price
  • Kelli Garner
    Kelli Garner
    Kelli Brianne Garner is an American actress. Her credits include Man of the House, The Aviator, Bully and Thumbsucker. She appeared in two Green Day music videos "Jesus of Suburbia" and the unreleased ""...

     as Billie
  • Daryl Sabara
    Daryl Sabara
    Daryl Christopher Sabara is an American film and television actor. He is perhaps best known for playing Juni Cortez in the Spy Kids film series, as well as for a variety of television and film appearances, including Wizards of Waverly Place, Father of the Pride, The Polar Express, Keeping Up with...

     as Nathan Bergman
  • Hilarie Burton
    Hilarie Burton
    Hilarie Ross Burton is an American actress. A former host of MTV's Total Request Live, she portrayed Peyton Sawyer on The CW drama One Tree Hill for six seasons...

     as Ryan
  • Stephen Colletti
    Stephen Colletti
    Stephen August Colletti is an American actor and television personality. He was featured on the MTV reality show Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. He also co-hosted MTV's Total Request Live...

     as Robert
  • Kelly Lynch
    Kelly Lynch
    Kelly Lynch is an American actress. Once a model for the Elite modeling agency, Lynch appeared in the film Drugstore Cowboy which starred Matt Dillon, and the film Road House which starred Patrick Swayze....

     as Helen
  • Julia Garro as Ann
  • Edward Tournier as Jonah

Alternate title

On October 16, 2007, New Line Cinema
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 released the film on Region 1 DVD
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 under the title Normal Adolescent Behavior: Havoc 2, despite there being no connection between Normal Adolescent Behavior and 2005's Havoc
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Havoc is a 2005 American film about the lives of wealthy Los Angeles, California teenagers whose exposure to hip hop culture inspires them to imitate the gangster lifestyle...

. In television airings, and many foreign DVD releases, the original title was used unchanged, including airings after the Region 1 DVD release.

In response to the name change, the director deleted both the film's promotional website, and its MySpace
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