Sunday, September 12, 2010
When Bryce (newcomer Callan McAuliffe) moves to a new neighborhood as a young boy, he is promptly greeted by Juli (Madeline Carroll, "The Spy Next Door"), who immediately wants to become friends with him. He is of the age where boys are made fun of for hanging out with girls, however, and so Bryce does his best to avoid Juli. This goes on until about the 7th or 8th grade, when, due to a series of events, Juli decides she no longer likes Bryce. The problem is that he now likes her - he's "flipped," so a friend of his says.
The supporting actors in this movie were decent as well. Aidan Quinn ("Jonah Hex") and Penelope Ann Miller (TV's "Men of a Certain Age") play Juli's parents, and Rebecca de Mornay (TV's "John from Cincinnati") and Anthony Edwards (TV's "ER") play the parents of Bryce. In addition, John Mahoney (TV's "In Treatment") plays Chet, Bryce's grandfather, who takes a liking to Juli.
Maybe see this film. I thought it was a sweet movie, and, as far as I can remember, it stays very true to its source material (the novel of the same name, by Wendelin Van Draanen, which I now want to reread), but to me it seemed to lag at parts. The cast is stellar so it's not them which was lacking; perhaps time just seemed to move slower in the 1960s? Whatever the reason, the film was decent, which is why it doesn't deserve a "No" review, but at the same time, it doesn't deserve a resounding "Yes," in my opinion.
"Flipped" is now playing in theaters.