Palo Alto (2013)
Average Rating: 6.4/10
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Gia Coppola makes her feature directorial debut with this drama adapted from a series of short stories James Franco, who stars as a soccer coach in the California town where bored teens begin to stir up trouble. Emma Roberts, Val Kilmer, and Chris Messina co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
May 23, 2014 Limited
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Gia Coppola proves to have quite the eye, if not quite the natural storytelling instinct of her cinematic kin, serving up a remarkably assured feature debut with "Palo Alto."
An example of how to turn been-there-done-that material into something luminous.
...a passable debut that could (and should) have been much, much better.
It'd be a mistake to be scared off by the subject matter, so often a vehicle for moralism: suburban teenagers hang out around town, go to parties, hook up, are annoying or sweet.
Borrowing liberally from the likes of "Kids" and "Elephant," first-time feature director Gia Coppola's "Palo Alto" is a largely familiar portrait of teen angst, but it's also a fairly accomplished one.
The film overstays its welcome a touch and ultimately feels fairly disposable, simply due to how well-trodden the territory is. But it's still a strong and soulful debut from Coppola.
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