Palo Alto (2014)



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 … More

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
Box Office: $0.8M
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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

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

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
Irish Independent

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

Audience Reviews for Palo Alto


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.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Gripping teenage drama.

Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

Towards the end of "Palo Alto," high school senior April(Emma Roberts) remarks on the pointlessness of current films. While I the perpetual optimist had not noticed, it is also possible that April had not noticed it about the film she is a character in. And in case you're wondering, this is not a movie clever enough for such meta criticism.

Instead, "Palo Alto" falls prey to James Franco's patented pretentiousness with neophyte writer director Gia Coppola attempting to adapt some of his stories and doing little to make them more palatable on screen.(The only sign of original thought here is a scene of April sitting in her locker having lunch.) While the movie's pace and focus could best be termed as sluggish and hazy, to be fair, James Franco is a good actor, here playing a lecherous soccer coach.

That character is emblematic of this cliched movie where all the adults are failing the kids by being either molesters, writing their term papers, letting them play violent video games or showing them inappropriate movies.(A clip of "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" provides the only nudity.) So, it's no wonder that Teddy(Jack Kilmer) and Fred(Nat Wolff) have gloriously stupid conversations like the one that opens "Palo Alto" when in fact there is nothing wrong with teenagers having not figured everything out, yet.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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