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Palo Alto (2013)

R | | Drama | 9 May 2014 (USA)
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The life and struggles of a group of adolescents living in Palo Alto.


Gia Coppola


Gia Coppola, James Franco (book)
4,981 ( 112)
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 Bailey Coppola ... Seth
Zoe Levin ... Emily
Brennen Taylor ... Luke (as Brenden Taylor)
Atlanta Decadenet Atlanta Decadenet ... 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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Release Date:

9 May 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Пало Алто See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,461, 11 May 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$750,100, 29 June 2014
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RabbitBandini Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


After her grandfather Francis Ford Coppola and her aunt Sofia Coppola, Gia Coppola is the third generation of her family to direct a film. See more »


When April is babysitting, she turns on a movie for the little boy, who says he likes the film. What they're supposed to be watching is Fast Times at Ridgemont High, but the song being played is not the Cars' version of Moving in Stereo, nor is the scene played from the actual film, but a Phoebe Cates look-alike in a red bikini baring her breasts. What's shown and heard is clearly not from the film, even the background is quite obviously different. See more »


April: You want to cry and smile, but instead you just stare and you can't do anything.
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Features Grand Theft Auto IV (2008) See more »


Senza Mamma
Music & Lyrics by Francesco Pennino
Edizione Pennino
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A film without a plot
4 September 2014 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about several suburban teenagers who live hedonistic lifestyles, and slowly their lives spirals out of control.

"Palo Alto" shows the teenagers getting up to all kinds of trouble, but there is not really a focused plot. We get shown various events that happen to various individuals, but it is all superficial and we don't get to see any real meanings behind their actions. The plot meanders but never seems to get anywhere, with no central message to get across. I thought it was as if I watched a bunch of events happening, and that was it. It did not leave me feeling satisfied, touched or entertained. In fact, I felt a little bored by it.

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