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Palo Alto (2013)

R | | Drama | 9 May 2014 (USA)
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An unflinching portrait of adolescent lust, boredom, and self-destruction that centers around a shy young girl on the cusp of an illicit relationship with her soccer coach.


Gia Coppola


Gia Coppola, James Franco (book)
4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Kilmer ... Teddy
Nat Wolff ... Fred
Emma Roberts ... April
Olivia Crocicchia ... Chrissy
Claudia Levy ... Shauna
James Franco ... Mr. B
Val Kilmer ... Stewart
Jacqui Getty Jacqui Getty ... Jane
Andrew Lutheran ... Ivan
Bo Mitchell ... Jack O
Bailey Coppola ... Seth
Zoe Levin ... Emily
Brennen Taylor ... Luke (as Brenden Taylor)
Atlanta De Cadenet Taylor ... Girl at Party (as Atlanta Decadenet Taylor)
Colleen Camp ... Sally


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


In every city some seek love, some look for trouble, others look for both.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and pervasive language - all involving teens | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


The off screen judge who sentences Teddy to community service was voiced by Francis Ford Coppola. See more »


In the last party scene where Teddy lights April's cigarette he uses both hands in one shot, but when the angle changes only one hand is in frame holding the lighter. See more »


April: You want to cry and smile, but instead you just stare and you can't do anything.
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References Where the Wild Things Are (2009) See more »


April's Daydream
Written by Devonté Hynes
Performed by Devonté Hynes
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User Reviews

Very shallow.
9 January 2015 | by datorsiers2See all my reviews

Nothing original, a very dull movie about teenagers. Had next to no good moments, and really the characters are very unoriginal and not interesting. The movie very poorly shows backgrounds of the characters, even the main ones. Literally a movie without a plot, there is no goal of the movie, no action...

The only thing that was heavily accented in this movie, was that most men are jerks and douche bags, who just want to use women for sex and nothing else, women just need to wait for their white knight to rescue them from the countless jerks they have gone through and be with them. Feminists would love the essence of this movie, for sure.

Emma Roberts playing her usual role, nothing different from all the other movies she is in a leading role, but in this movie, it really felt like it doesn't revolve around here as much.

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Release Date:

9 May 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Palo Alto See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,461, 11 May 2014

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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