George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who has made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, is befriended by Sally, a popular but complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit.
High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.
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.
Teddy's room in the movie is Jack's room in real life. See more »
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 »
I'm not depressed, why do you always think I'm depressed? I'm just tired.
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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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