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Yosemite (2015)

R | | Drama | 1 January 2016 (USA)
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It's the fall of 1985. The intertwining tales of three 5th grade friends, Chris, Joe and Ted, unfold in the suburban paradise of Palo Alto, as the threat of a mountain lion looms over the community.


Gabrielle Demeestere, James Franco (based on: the short stories "Yosemite" and "Peter Parker" by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Franco ... Phil
Everett Meckler Everett Meckler ... Chris
Troy Tinnirello ... Alex
Carlisle Forrester ... Waitress
Alec Mansky ... Joe
George Maguire ... Store Owner - Ed
Jasmine Kuo Jasmine Kuo ... Girl in Store
Lindsay Chambers Lindsay Chambers ... Store Customer
Kate Bowner Kate Bowner ... Girl on Bike
Henry Hopper ... Henry
Elizabeth Wang Elizabeth Wang ... Mrs. Gong - 5th Grade Teacher (as Beth Wang)
Danika Biscevic Danika Biscevic ... 5th Grader
Elyse Bordenave Elyse Bordenave ... 5th Grader
Nathan Brown Nathan Brown ... 5th Grader
Josh Fellion Josh Fellion ... 5th Grader


It's the fall of 1985. The intertwining tales of three 5th grade friends, Chris, Joe and Ted, unfold in the suburban paradise of Palo Alto, as the threat of a mountain lion looms over the community.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual material/nudity and language


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Release Date:

1 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lembranças de uma Infância See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,461, 3 January 2016

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1.78 : 1
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Based on James Franco's book Palo Alto. See more »


References The Dark Crystal (1982) See more »

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Some Good Moments But Not Enough
23 February 2016 | by larrys3See all my reviews

Set in 1985 in the city of Palo Alto, California,this movie written and directed by Gabrielle Demeesterre, is based on 2 short stories from James Franco's 2013 book "A California Childhood". Upon reading the premise of the film, I wondered if it it would compare in any way to Rob Reiner's 1986 classic "Stand By Me",but it really doesn't compare, like very few, if any movies could.

The story revolves around the coming-of-age adventures of 3 fifth graders Chris (Everett Meckler), Joe (Alec Mansky), and Ted (Calum John), who are all newcomers to the silver screen. The boys are trying to cope with friendships, broken families, the death of loved ones, missing family pets, as well as an encroachment on Palo Alto by mountain lions, who are feeling the pinch of expanding cities into their natural habitats and thus have been entering neighborhoods looking for water and food.

Although this indie maintains a good sense of foreboding throughout, it never seems to actualize enough dramatic tension to be engrossing. Also, there are some plot elements that remain too ambiguous, such as the actual intentions of the young man Henry (Henry Hopper), who rather creepily befriends Joe and invites him to his house to read comic books.

All in all, I thought this movie has some good moments, but there weren't enough of them to cohere into an absorbing and enjoyable film.

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