PALO ALTO...sidles up to you, gets whispery close, then sidles away again, leaving behind an enveloping vapor that lingers for a sweet long time.
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Palo Alto

Shy, sensitive April (Emma Roberts) is the class virgin, torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach Mr. B (James Franco) and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy (Jack Kilmer). Emily (Zoe Levin), meanwhile, offers sexual favors to every boy to cross her path — including both Teddy and his best friend Fred (Nat Wolff), a live wire without filters or boundaries. As one high school party bleeds into the next — and April and Teddy struggle to admit their mutual affection — Fred's escalating recklessness starts to spiral into chaos. An unflinching portrait of adolescent lust, boredom, and self-destruction, PALO ALTO is a teen movie for the ages — an astonishing debut feature from writer-director Gia Coppola, based on the book “Palo Alto: Stories” by James Franco and featuring new music from Devonté Hynes (Blood Orange).

Played at

Monica Film Center, 5.30.14 - 6.05.14
Playhouse 7, 5.16.14 - 6.05.14
NoHo 7, 5.16.14 - 5.22.14
Rated R
Runtime: 98 min
Language: English

Director: Gia Coppola
Cast: Chris Messina, Emma Roberts, Jack Kilmer, James Franco, Nat Wolff, Talia Shire, Val Kilmer
FEATURED REVIEW: Manohla Dargis, New York Times
The kids in Gia Coppola’s “Palo Alto” move as through a dream. It’s a drifty, appealing story, set in the Northern California city that gives the movie its title, about that twilight period between childhood’s end and the start of young adulthood. Here, ...