Palo Alto – Film Review

Palo Alto - Film Review

Score

Gia Coppola's thought provoking and powerful tale of teen rebellion based on James Franco's short stories

“You’re young, you don’t know why you do things, but there’s always a reason,” high-school soccer coach Mr B (James Franco) tells student, striker and part-time babysitter April (Emma Roberts). Palo Alto, the Gia Coppola-directed adaptation of Franco’s short story collection, focuses on the confounding, mess of growing pains that constitutes the impulsive lives of April and her friends. It’s a familiar story, one of sexual awakening, rebellion and teen heartbreak. The extreme depths it plumbs – April losing her virginity to Mr B on his sofa; stoner Teddy (Jack Kilmer) driving off after drunkenly crashing into another car – elevate it from being just another film filled with illicit relationships and off-the-rails adolescents to something far more thought-provoking and powerful.

Details

Director: Gia Coppola
Release date: 17 Oct, 2014