Written June 07, 2014
I really, really wanted to like this movie, filmed on the street where we lived for almost twenty years. I gave it every hall pass I could, especially since I think James Franco is a gifted actor, writer and artist. Still, this is not a movie worth seeing.
The city of Palo Alto is presented as one high school party of drugs, sex, and alcohol after another. But the story goes nowhere. No inciting incident to pull the viewer in. Just one party after another, and one teenage tantrum after another. “Palo Alto” bounces from character to character, in a “coming of age” story that fails.
What doesn’t fit is the friendship between Teddy and his seriously disturbed friend, Fred, someone he hangs out with just because he needs a friend and Fred is just there. So far, believable and sympathetic to a point: two teenagers hanging out together because they have few other options.
High school is often painful and disappointing. So is this movie!
Written May 18, 2014
The movie is inane and pointless. The story line (what story line???) is essentially non-existent. I should have walked out and I am annoyed with myself that I did not, so shame on me for sitting through this piece of crap.
Written May 25, 2014
I did not like the movie. I wish I walked out on this movie but wanted to see what happens to the horrible teacher. I wasted a good movie ticket I recd as a gift.
Written August 08, 2014
This movie is so well executed and well done, that it's hard to ignore. Everything portrayed is done so realistically that it hits home and easily related to any viewer. It's about coming of age and the loss of innocence. Sofia Coppola did a magnificent job adding her own artistic vision to this. Everything is very symbolic in this film and it's worth the watch. Makes you reflect on your own lif