Flipped Movie Review

Flipped Movie Review


Rob Reiner’s new box office movie is an attempt to return to his “Stand By Me” success of 1986. Flipped is a coming of age story that was appropriate twenty years ago but now may be too outdated to appeal to today’s tween audience.

This upcoming movie is a Warner Bros. film that’s most probably going to appeal to the Baby Boomer crowd, not Warner Bros. usual audience. The sound track is soft rock and there’s a look to the locations, autos and costumes that is going to appeal to a post fifty crowd.

Rob Reiner’s last really big movie was “The Bucket List” of the ‘90s.

The movies cast includes Australia’s Callan McAuliffe, who plays Bryce, and Madeline Carroll who plays Juli. Bryce moves into a suburb where Juli lives and Juli immediately falls for him. Bryce, who is in second grade, could care less. Juli lives across the street from Bryce and follows him around until junior high. Bryce spends as much time as possible avoiding her.

Both Bryce and Juli have voice-over narration but the story is from Bryce’s point of view, probably because the film was written by Reiner and Andrew Scheinman from a novel by Wendelin Van Daanen. This gives the movie three male writers. Unfortunately Juli’s point of view is much more interesting than Bryce’s point of view.

Juli is a scrapper and stubborn to boot. When there’s a job to be done or a challenge to face she does it or faces it. Bryce spends most of his time avoiding Juli and responsibility and plays a little basketball. Bryce is a pretty dull character.

Juli comes from an artsy, well-meaning family. Her father, played by Aidan Quinn, is a painter and her mother, played by Penelope Ann Miller works part-time. The family keeps Quinn’s mentally disabled brother, played by Kevin Weisman, in a facility.

Bryce’s family includes his mom, played by Rebecca De Mornay and his father, played by Anthony Edwards. The family is remarkably superficial. Anthony Edward’s character is very bitter about having to give up his artistic ambitions to live the middle-class lifestyle.

The scenes that include Juli and Bryce are well done and these characters talk and behave as you would expect young people to talk and behave. The scenes involving adults are much more superficial. This is not really their fault, considering the banality of their roles.

Reiner is attempting to replay the themes of “When Harry Met Sally” in “Flipped”. He would be better off allowing Juli to see Bryce’s shortcomings but that never seems to happen.

Flipped”, this one of the movies playing now won’t play well with its intended teenage audience but may capture the fancy of baby boomers.


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