Palo Alto

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USA | 2014 | 100 minutes | Gia Coppola

September 29, 2014

Based on the book by James Franco, writer-director Gia Coppola provides an unflinching portrait of adolescent lust, boredom, and self-destruction. Emma Roberts stars as a shy, sensitive teen who is torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach and an unrequited crush on a sweet stoner classmate. Meanwhile, the recklessness of her party-hungry friends starts to spiral into chaos.

A knockout. Gia Coppola's direction is amazingly free and relaxed, with a loose, lyrical visual style, and a firm sense of what's at stake for her characters that finally becomes genuinely suspenseful. – Gavin Smith, Film Comment

One of the best movies ever made about high school life in America, blurring the lines between how unique it is to be a teenager, and how universal it is to feel like one. – David Ehrlich,

Almost eerily good at defining the great divide between the way teenagers experience the world and the way their parents do. – Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

A radiant, star-making turn from Emma Roberts as an object of desire still learning how to articulate what she herself wants. – Jon Frosch, The Atlantic

  • Director: Gia Coppola
  • Principal Cast: Emma Roberts, James Franco, Jack Kilmer, Val Kilmer, Nat Wolff
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 100 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Tribeca Film