Palo Alto (2013)
August 6, 2023 12:29 PM - Subscribe

[TRAILER] Shy, sensitive April (Emma Roberts) is the class virgin, torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach Mr. B (James Franco) and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy (Jack Kilmer). Meanwhile, Emily (Zoe Levin) offers sexual favors to every boy to cross her path--including both Teddy and his best friend Fred (Nat Wolff), a live 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.

Also starring Val Kilmer, Keegan Allen, Chris Messina, Margaret Qualley, Colleen Camp, Talia Shire, Anna Thea Bogdanovich, Emma Gretzky, Amelia Burstyn, Francis Ford Coppola.

Written & directed by Gia Coppola.

68% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Widely available streaming. JustWatch.

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posted by DirtyOldTown (6 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Can’t hardly wait.
posted by sevenless at 6:01 PM on August 6, 2023

I liked this movie! There was an FPP on the Blue about the book "Palo Alto" by Malcom Harris, which argues that 21st century social problems find their roots in the culture of the town. I'm not convinced of his premise. But this movie -- from a book of short stories by local boy James Franco -- is a memorable illustration of Harris's point, based on the effects of that culture on its kids.
posted by Harvey Kilobit at 1:16 AM on August 7, 2023

This movie is a veritable bouquet of people related to other, more famous people.
posted by 41swans at 4:43 AM on August 7, 2023 [4 favorites]

It's the nepotism Olympics.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:54 AM on August 7, 2023 [1 favorite]

I'm surprised nobody has commented about James Franco portraying a teacher having an inappropriate relationship with a student, in a film based on a book by James Franco.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 8:23 PM on August 7, 2023 [2 favorites]

The book was so creepy, I bought it on remainder as a joke and then had to get rid of it. So slimy and plausible.
posted by Lawn Beaver at 10:12 AM on August 8, 2023

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