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Palo Alto (2014)

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Critic Consensus: A promising debut for director Gia Coppola, Palo Alto compensates for its drifting plot with solid performances and beautiful cinematography.

Movie Info

Shy, sensitive April (Emma Roberts) is the class virgin -a popular soccer player and frequent babysitter for her single-dad coach, Mr. B. (James Franco). Teddy (Jack Kilmer) is an introspective artist whose best friend and sidekick Fred (Nat Wolff) is an unpredictable live wire with few filters or boundaries. While April negotiates a dangerous affair with Mr. B., and Teddy performs community service for a DUI - secretly carrying a torch for April, who may or may not share his affection - Fred seduces Emily (Zoe Levin), a promiscuous loner who seeks validation through sexual encounters. One high school party bleeds into another as April and Teddy finally acknowledge their mutual affection, and Fred's escalating recklessness spirals into chaos. (C) Tribecamore
Rating: R (for strong sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and pervasive language - all involving teens)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Gia Coppola
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 9, 2014
Runtime:
Tribeca Film - Official Site

Cast

Val Kilmer
as Stewart
Zoe Levin
as Emily
Atlanta de Cadenet
as Girl at Party
Colleen Camp
as Sally Grossman
Timothy Starks
as Police Officer
Micah Nelson
as Michael
Genevieve Penn
as Court Clerk Woman
Jake Nordwin
as Art Student #1
Don Novello
as Mr. Wilson
Jamal Hammadi
as Art Student #2
Janet Song
as Mrs. Stevenson
Talia Shire
as Mrs. Ganem
Janet Salter
as Elderly Woman
Grear Patterson
as College Boy #1
Atlanta deCadenet
as Girl at Party
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News & Interviews for Palo Alto

Critic Reviews for Palo Alto

All Critics (113) | Top Critics (37)

The drama is scaled to just the right size: kids get into trouble or inadvisable situations, but there are no major melodramatics. We see them in their natural habitat.

Full Review… | October 24, 2014
Independent (UK)

James Franco's collection of autobiographical short stories is adapted into a remarkably evocative film by Gia Coppola, granddaughter of Francis.

Full Review… | October 20, 2014
Contactmusic.com

Another week, another glacial outing from the ever-expanding Coppola clan depicting the oh so beautiful emptiness of American teenage wildlife.

Full Review… | October 19, 2014
Observer (UK)

Palo Alto is as fuzzy, scattered and aimless as its protagonists' lives.

Full Review… | October 17, 2014
The Herald (Ireland)

The story tends to meander but the kids' ups and downs are delicately observed and the performances, especially from Roberts, are never less than believable.

Full Review… | October 17, 2014
Daily Record (UK)

The director Gia Coppola (granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola) gets under the skin of protagonists who seem like pampered, listless delinquents on the surface but who all turn out to be lost souls.

Full Review… | October 17, 2014
Independent (UK)

Audience Reviews for Palo Alto

The reviews for this aren't great, but I kind of liked it. It has that 90's indie film feel to it (it's not set in the 90's, or not so I could tell, but it really reminded me of films like Kids, All over me, Freeway etc). Just the kind of thing I love.
My main criticism is that it doesn't have a true ending. It really felt like something was going to happen, but it didn't. And Emma Roberts is not a favourite of mine either, but she's not too awful in this one. I wasn't very impressed with all the smoking either. Is it really necessary to glamorise that disgusting habit? Those few sticking points lost it the star.
But I did enjoy it overall and I think I need to watch it again, because it is subtle on some points. I suspect I missed a lot.
The young cast do a good job. The actors playing Teddy and Emily were standouts.

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Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

The meandering quality of the film's plot - which I believe might put off most people - is in fact what I liked the most about it, and Gia Coppola's firm direction, the solid performances and the nice cinematography also help make this a solid debut for her as a filmmaker.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Gripping teenage drama.

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Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

Palo Alto Quotes

Mr. B: I'm older and I know that there aren't a lot of good things around, and I know that you are really good.
– Submitted by Raymundo M (16 months ago)
April: I wish I didn't care about anything. But I do care. I care about everything too much.
– Submitted by Raymundo M (16 months ago)

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