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Palo Alto (2013)

R | | Drama | 9 May 2014 (USA)
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The life and struggles of a group of adolescents living in Palo Alto.

Director:

Gia Coppola

Writers:

Gia Coppola, James Franco (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Kilmer ... Teddy
Nat Wolff ... Fred
Emma Roberts ... April
Olivia Crocicchia ... Chrissy
Claudia Levy ... Shauna
James Franco ... Mr. B
Val Kilmer ... Stewart
Jacqui Getty Jacqui Getty ... Jane
Andrew Lutheran ... Ivan
Bo Mitchell ... Jack O
Bailey Coppola Bailey Coppola ... Seth
Zoe Levin ... Emily
Brennen Taylor ... Luke (as Brenden Taylor)
Atlanta Decadenet Atlanta Decadenet ... Girl at Party (as Atlanta Decadenet Taylor)
Colleen Camp ... Sally
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Storyline

Shy, sensitive April is the class virgin, torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach Mr. B and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy. Emily, meanwhile, offers sexual favors to every boy to cross her path - including both Teddy and his best friend Fred, a life wire without filters or boundaries. As one high school party bleeds into the next - and April and Teddy struggle to admit their mutual affection - Fred's escalating recklessness starts to spiral into chaos.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

In every city some seek love, some look for trouble, others look for both.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and pervasive language - all involving teens | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Пало Алто See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,461, 11 May 2014

Gross USA:

$767,732

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$919,591
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Teddy's room in the movie is Jack's room in real life. See more »

Goofs

When April is babysitting Michael, he is playing Mortal Kombat. The buttons show on screen are the buttons on the Playstation controllers, while in the actual scene we see Michael and April playing with Xbox 360 controllers. The Xbox 360 is also the video game sitting besides the TV. See more »

Quotes

April: I'm not depressed, why do you always think I'm depressed? I'm just tired.
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Connections

Features The Hills (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Ode to Viceroy
Written and Performed by Mac DeMarco
Courtesy of Captured Tracks
By arrangement with Downtown Records
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Quite bland and dull
4 May 2017 | by Floated2See all my reviews

Palo Alto is a high school coming of age drama, and like other coming of age films starring mainly teens, this film is quite similar with nothing much different or anything new to offer. Based on a novel, in which this film has the feel of a novel based upon it's characters and overall tone of the film. The plot of the film is quite thin and not something to watch for if you are looking for a deep complex plot. It is more so just a portrayal and 'real life' concept of teenagers and their everyday life and struggle, involving typical issues such as smoking, drinking, partying, depression, and peer pressure.

James Franco is the headliner of the film being from the book of which this film is based on, though he only plays a small supporting character. Emma Roberts is the lead character in a role which she has played many times before (the shy, depressed, lonely teen girl). The other leads are two best friends, Teddy and Fred. Both have different backstories and appear very different in personalities yet are portrayed as best friends. Nothing too original or refreshing about this film. And in the end, we are wondering what the real point of the film was. Palo Alto reminded of several films by Harmony Korine, though his films have a more refreshing outlook in life, plot, characters and are overall more entertaining and interesting. Would recommend watching his films as opposed to Palo Alto.


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