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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Teddy
... Fred
... April
... Chrissy
... Shauna
... Mr. B
... Stewart
Jacqui Getty ... Jane
Andrew Lutheran ... Ivan
... Jack O
Bailey Coppola ... Seth
... Emily
... Luke (as Brenden Taylor)
Atlanta Decadenet ... Girl at Party (as Atlanta Decadenet Taylor)
... Sally
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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.

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

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

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Пало Алто  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$63,461, 11 May 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$750,100, 29 June 2014
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The original actress intended to play April was recast and replaced with Emma Roberts early in the production. See more »

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When Joy tells Teddy that Tanya's daughter liked his pictures, she asks him to see her in room 22. In the next scene the number on the door as Teddy enters is 25. See more »

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Mr. B: I'm older and I know that there aren't a lot of good things around, and I know that you are really good.
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Featured in Half in the Bag: 2014 Movie Catch-up: Part 1 (2014) See more »

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Ode to Viceroy
Written and Performed by Mac DeMarco
Courtesy of Captured Tracks
By arrangement with Downtown Records
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Beautiful, terrible, perfect adolescence
9 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

Don't come looking for plot - our teen years didn't have one either. Like Dazed and Confused before it, Palo Alto throws us into the joys, pains, and emotions of the life of American-suburban adolescence. Though unlike its defacto predecessor, Palo Alto takes a look at this world through a softer, more elegant, more personal lens. The film bounces us around from character to character, all high school students in the titled town. Reckless parties, desperate sexual encounters, jealousies, weed, breaking things, sexually aggressive teachers (James Franco) and, of course, homework. It's all part of the world of Palo Alto. There is no rhyme or reason. Or is there? James Franco (whose book of short stories the film is based on) plays Mr. B, the high school soccer coach, tells his favorite player April that everything has a reason. Maybe he's right. You be the judge. Director Gia Coppola, in her first feature-length effort, works wonders at keeping the characters and the world of Palo Alto authentic. "Glee" exists in a land far, far away from here. Instead, we get an unfiltered look at what it takes to navigate the turbulence of adolescence and find our path to adulthood. It's a painful but beautiful thing.


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