Palo Alto
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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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A pale imitation of the early novels of Bret Easton Ellis, who wrote about young ennui and aimlessness from the inside out."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"That Coppola finds occasional grace and spirit here shows understanding and compassion. Her next assignment? Make a movie that's not about the troubles of the privileged and bored."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"A meditative contemplation of the boredom of overprivileged, under-aspiring, shallow, spoiled kids. As you've been dying to see."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Kilmer and Robert's tender, heartfelt performances give real depth to familiar coming-of-age pangs and pinings."
‑ Jamie Dunn, The Skinny
"James Franco's unintentionally-LOL-worthy collection of short stories has been condensed, refined, & infinitely bettered by writer-director Gia Coppola, who, as you can imagine from her stock, is more than capable of sorting the wheat from Franco's chaff."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Ultimately, "Palo Alto" is a messy yet haunting portrait of a particular time in life."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"These slippery slices of life feel like the most honest, relevant film portrait of adolescence in ages."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"... neither shocking nor insightful in its portrayal of brooding, disenfranchised California teenagers dealing with peer pressure and irresponsible adults."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"A simplistic and overly-familiar take on teenage existence, with all the adults portrayed as either clueless or subtly abusive, leaving the world-weary kids to struggle unaided with the harsh realities of life."
‑ Paul Gallagher, The List
"One way Gia Coppola deals with privileges is by recognizing and revealing their limits."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, SF Weekly
"It's accurate to say that "Palo Alto" is another movie by another Coppola about the lives of the rich, bored and disaffected, but that description sells the movie short."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
""Palo Alto" feels earnest and promising, but half-formed."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"A group of bored white suburban teens, entitled up to their eyeballs, do increasingly stupid things that we're supposed to be concerned about. I wasn't."
‑ Lewis Beale, News & Observer, Raleigh, NC
"Angst-riddled yet assured debut by third-generational filmmaker Gia Coppola."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"Not a particularly precocious debut, in the context of the Coppola dynasty, but nevertheless feels much like the work of a very young if talented person who has yet to discover a unique voice."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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