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Palo Alto, CA (2007)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 29 April 2007 (USA)
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On their last night of Thanksgiving break, four old friends, now all college freshmen, realize their small town has more meaning than they ever imagined.


Brad Leong


Brad Leong (story), Tony Vallone (story) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Ashmore ... Alec
Johnny Lewis ... Nolan
Justin Mentell ... Ryan
Autumn Reeser ... Jamie
Ben Savage ... Patrick
Ryan Hansen ... Anthony
Connor Ross ... Andrew
Eve Brent ... Grandma
Shoshana Bush ... Audrey (as Shoshanna Bush)
Rosalie Ward ... Amy
Tom Arnold ... Morgan
Robin Hines ... Becky
Matthew Castellana Matthew Castellana ... Danny Yates
Jason McMahon Jason McMahon ... Dave 'The Stoner'
Edward Singletary ... Doctor


On their last night of Thanksgiving break, four old friends, now all college freshmen, realize their small town has more meaning than they ever imagined.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, sexual content, nudity, drug and alcohol use - all involving teens


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Release Date:

29 April 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Palo Alto See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Altos, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


(European Film Market)


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At the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival, 21 year old Brad Leong was the youngest director in the festival's history. He was 20 during production of the film. See more »


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Well done
22 January 2011 | by lewis-8See all my reviews

Watching this it's easy to believe it's an independent film, but I was surprised and impressed to learn it was also a first film for the producer, writer and director. The production values were very high, the casting was spot on, the direction was excellent, the music moved with the story, and the story telling was terrific. Hard to believe that the director couldn't legally drink at the post-production party because he was still under 21.

There are at least four major stories happening at once, each centered around one of four college friends who are back home in Palo Alto for Thanksgiving break. Other sub-plots and side-plots figure in, generally offering more meat than filler.

My only question was how these four guys actually came to be friends. High school tends not to be a very egalitarian environment, and it seemed to me that these four fellows might not have had enough in common in high school to be this close after a little college time.

Still, the individual stories were all true to life, not overly complex (which would have been inappropriate for the age of the characters), and interesting. Living in Palo Alto, part of me wishes the locale could have figured into the stories a tiny bit more, but that's a minor quibble. Not only do I recommend this (more of a guy flick than a chick flick), but I'll definitely watch it again. Well done, you first-timers!

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