Saturday, February 1, 2014

Flipped (2010) [PG] ***+

It's 1957, and seven-year-old Bryce Loski (Callan McAuliffe) and his family move into the neighborhood on Bonnie Meadow Lane. Little does Bryce know that the pretty young girl who lives across the street, Juli Baker (Madeline Carroll) will develop a crush on him, that he will do everything in his power to avoid and evade her, or that six years later, when they are classmates at Mayfield Junior High, their roles will flip and he will fall in love with her.

Co-written and directed by Rob Reiner, based on a novel by Wendelin Van Draanen, the story takes us back to a simpler, more innocent time, and anyone who grew up in the 1950s and 1960s will feel transported to that era... the dialog, costumes, sets and music are authentic. While the supporting cast does an excellent job, this is really Madeline Carroll's movie, and she gives a pitch-perfect performance, as though she was a thirteen-year-old combination of Lindsay Lohan and Christina Ricci. As Bryce's grandfather (played by John Mahoney) observes about Juli: Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss. But every once in a while you find someone who's iridescent, and when you do, nothing will ever compare. If you enjoyed classic films of the era, films like PleasantvillePeggy Sue Got Married and A Summer Place, you'll probably enjoy Flipped. 

Labels: comedy, drama, family, Fifties, romance   
Internet Movie Database    
Metacritic 45/100  
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=60, viewers=76)    
Wendelin Van Draanen quotes

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