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When Juli and Bryce meet (played by Madeline Carroll and Callan McAuliffe for most of the film), it's because his family has just moved to her. Callan Mcauliffe, left, stars as Bryce Loski and Madeline Carroll stars as and cons of this potential relationship, it's that marvelous uncertainty. ReelRave is the online destination for interviews with today's biggest movie stars talking about.
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Julie is working her way toward getting "my first kiss. Bryce, from the instant he moves into her neighborhood, deals with Julie with "strategic avoidance. We sympathize first with Bryce's resistance — just because SHE wants something doesn't mean he has to give it. Then we grasp Julie's growing disappointment at Bryce's rejection and peer-pressured hostility.
Life doesn't have happy endings and Reiner, who co-wrote this adaptation of a Wendelin Van Draanen novel, never lets us take for granted that "Flipped" will deliver one. It's the bittersweet touch that makes this unusual film stand out, and has helped make it such a challenge for Warner Brothers to market.
The kids are spot-on, with Carroll playing the tougher role. Is Julie annoying, stubborn, or just mature for her age? Why can't she pick up the hints that Bryce isn't interested? McAuliffe makes Bryce age-appropriate in his responses. He doesn't want to be mean, but she's pushing him into it. The idea is interesting because we get to see exactly what both characters are thinking. In this case, however, the dual narration felt forced, and the transitions were poor. A fade to black here, a literal flip of the frame there in case you forget, the name of the movie is Flippedmoving from Bryce's story to Juli's could have been done better.
It would have been more interesting to hear their perspectives on the same scene as it unfolded, rather than having to wait until the retelling from the other's perspective. While the novel is set in the present, the film version takes place in the s. Aside from the soundtrack of classic oldies, there isn't anything solidly tying Flipped to the '60s.
The film would have benefited from a contemporary setting as originally written. Children in the '60s has been done: Instead of the agreeable and familiar mask of the s, I would much rather see a coming-of-age tale of first love that takes place now.
Such a film could have explored the innocence of youth before the evil of texting and social media soak in. Coming from director Rob Reiner, I expected a mix between his classic films - the insight into youth from Stand By Me and the twists of the male-female relationship of When Harry Met Sally, but he directed toward the pre-teen set.
The audience gets a glimmer of youthful insight when Bryce's buddy Garrett makes fun of Juli, and he gets mad, but laughs it off to save face, which is probably the most realistic the film gets. Flipped doesn't come close to the strengths of either classic film, but with both of those films in your filmography it's hard for any future work to compare.
Though Flipped is most definitely aimed toward the under crowd, every one else can appreciate the nostalgia of puppy love and also recognize the similarities through their dating lives.
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Juli adores Bryce's magnetic eyes and cute smile, but realizes she's never really had an actual conversation with him and that he might not be everything she's made him out to be.