Flipped - A Heartland Truly Moving Picture (by kpellerin)
This is a coming of age film set initially and briefly in the late 1950s and mostly in the early 1960s. The boy, Bryce, is chased by his neighbor girl, Juli. And is he chased! Juli is immediately smitten or "flipped" by Bryce's eyes and the story unfolds.What is unusual about the story telling is that each major event is played back twice - once through the eyes and voice of Bryce and once through the eyes and voice of Juli. It's the same scene, but you wouldn't know that from their differing viewpoints.Juli is the adventurous and interesting one. Bryce just wants to fit <more>
in at their Junior High School. Juli slowly begins to unlike Bryce and Bryce slowly begins to appreciate Juli. Will they ever meet at the same emotional place at the same time? That is the drama and story.The art direction and era are right on. It is the Eisenhower and Kennedy years in look, and even in feel. The wives are subordinate to the husbands. The children are mostly respectful to their parents. And the teachers teach and the students learn. But, you can see the seeds being laid for the rebellious war babies of the late 1960s.Rob Reiner is a talented director for romances - "When Harry Met Sally." And he is a talented director for handling young actors - "Stand By Me." He combines these talents to help us understand the better part of the human condition; that is, love, respect, sacrifice, forgiveness, and honor. And we have fun and laugh along the way. This is like the TV program, "Wonder Years" - but heightened and deepened.-Bob, a Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award Jury Member
Winning, beautifully moving and well-acted coming-of-age story (by brettster)
Back in 1973, an episode of "All in the Family" told the same story from three different perspectives, one of which was from the point of view of Mike "Meathead" Stivic, played by Rob Reiner. Watching his latest directorial effort, I wondered if the "he said / she said" gimmick of that episode "Everybody Tells the Truth" was what attracted Reiner to "Flipped," the young-adult novel by Wendelin Van Draanen, which employs the same multi-POV technique that Lawrence Durrell perfected with his "Alexandria Quartet" in the late 1950s. The <more>
film version of "Flipped" shows Reiner at the top of his form, a worthy addition to an ouevre that includes such classics as "This Is Spinal Tap," "Misery," "When Harry Met Sally" and "Stand By Me," the 1986 period piece that "Flipped" most recalls, with its younger characters and coming-of-age theme. At the heart of "Flipped" is Juli Baker Madeline Carroll , a smart, pretty and thoughtful girl who you just can't help losing your heart to. Juli herself flips for Bryce Loski, who is at first repelled by Juli and then slowly starts to see her for the lovely person she is. The cast is augmented by such pros as John Mahoney Frasier's dad on "Cheers" , Anthony Edwards, Aidan Quinn and Rebecca De Mornay and Penelope Ann Miller. The film offers up various slices of life from the late '50s and early '60s that makes for a nostalgic, romantic and very moving film. Special kudos to the filmmakers for finding a girl to play young Juli Morgan Lily who looks chillingly like Madeline Carroll; I would have bet anything the two were sisters. For those who are bored by the dumb-dumb summer comedies of 2010 "The Other Guys," "Dinner for Schmucks" and the special-effects hijinks of "Inception," this is a tender and emotionally satisfying journey that will stay with you for years.
"Flipped" is superbly directed by Rob Reiner and in my book, one of his best movies. It's a wonderfully told coming-of-age story, which I could relate to in many ways. The main two characters, Juli and Bryce, are very likable. Their parents, played by Penelope Ann Miller and Aidan Quinn, Rebecca de Mornay and Anthony Edwards, respectively, are believable in their roles, which they play excellently. I liked the fact that the story is told from two points of views, Bryce first and then Juli. If you want to see a really feel-good movie, instead of watching some dumb comedy or shoot <more>
'em up flick, go see FLIPPED! You will not regret it.
Flipped is a one in a million film - I mean, REALLY one in a million. It's refreshing and lovely, dramatic and hilarious. It does what few films do in our time or rather what they don't do : Flipped does not sacrifice its integrity for raunchy, gratuitous content. It's real. The emotions are real. The characters are real. And while it certainly isn't G-rated fluff and do not be fooled - this is not a film for young children , the movie is definitely gentle and innocent in many ways. On the downside, without giving anything away, the ending of the film could have been better <more>
patched together, but overall the movie is a cinematic gem like no other. Go see Flipped!
This film takes a more adolescent perspective on love The story is set in the late 50s to early 60's.It starts off when a new family moves in across the street.The young girl played by Madeline Carroll named Juli Baker,who see's the new boy across the street played by Callan McAuliffe named Bryce Loski and has the most stunning eyes she has ever seen. Rob Reiner did a superb job telling it entirely in a voice over of one of the two main characters Bryce and Juli tells each side of the story from each point of view. Sometimes the views are not the same. Juli's favorite spot in town <more>
is the top of the sycamore tree which is cut down by the yards owner. Juli starts to questions the whole that is Bryce Loski. Likewise, Bryce begins to see Juli from a different angle.Bryce's father played by Anthony Edwards is a typical father of the late 50's. He cares more about the outside appearance then what is really within. He has a darkness inside of him. The wife played by Rebecca De Mornay is susie home maker type of role. The grandfather father played by John Mahoney is a soft speaking man, who moves in with the Loski family tries to get Bryce to see the world with open eyes.It has a great use of that periods music that is well thought out. All-in-all this is a wholesome family film. Highly recommend to see it.
iridescent - adjective: showing luminous colors that seem to change when seen from different angles When I hear "romantic comedy" I think of 20 something year olds in New York swapping corny lines via Twitter at a bar. Flipped takes a more adolescent perspective on love in a quainter town and in a quainter time. Interestingly enough, even though the main characters are children, the movie targets an adult crowd. Not because there is adult content, but because it takes an adult who has gone through life's lessons to appreciate the complex and pithy analogy and irony. Although in <more>
one intense scene a mom ushered her children out of the theater, don't bring your 4 year olds.Flipped is a story about Bryce Loski and Juli Baker, both of whom narrate the story. The movie begins with Bryce's perspective.Bryce's Perspective: He just moved into town. He's in the moving truck helping his father with the boxes until Juli interrupts and tries to help. His father emphasizes that there are valuables in the boxes, but she can't seem to take a clue. "Shouldn't you go help your mother in the kitchen, Bryce?" After a second, the confusion on his face vanishes once he understands his father's ploy. He hops out of the truck and Juli follows closely behind. She puts her arm around him. In defense against cooties he flails his arms, but she somehow gets a hold of his hand. He looks right at her face in disgust. Fortunately, his mom comes out. He resorts to his only defense for a boy his age - he hides behind his mom. Juli is so annoying! Juli's Perspective: Bryce just moved into town. Attracted by his "dazzling" eyes, she offers to help, but not 2 minutes pass and his father sends him into the house. She could tell from his face he didn't want to go, so she went after him to see if he'd like to play for a bit before he got stuck inside. To her surprise, Bryce takes her hand and looks lovingly into her eyes. Unfortunately, his mom comes out. Embarrassed about his feelings for her, Bryce hides behind his mom. Bryce is so shy! The entire movie follows this pattern. Bryce and Juli take turns describing their thoughts and motives. It's interesting to watch their contradicting thoughts converge into a single stream of unfolding events. The audience also gets a sense of Bryce's and Juli's personalities. Although Bryce is the handsome young kid at school their vastly different narration proves which of the two has more character. The first scene, Bryce's and Juli's first encounter, gives the false impression that Flipped is a love story. It kind of is. But although the thread that holds everything together is the love story between Bryce and Juli the fabric of the story is substance. The substance of character. Each character's role provides a perspective and a life lesson. The fulcrum upon which these morals are balanced is best represented by the sycamore tree - the gem of the town.The sycamore tree has many symbolic interpretations - all of which are equally appropriate for the story and its characters. Vanity. Juli is enthralled by those "dazzling" eyes and is irrationally in love with Bryce. Bryce is equally irrational in his disdain of Juli. Bryce's father is especially guilty of this sin. He washes away the pain of lost aspirations with bourbon and takes comfort in condescension. He refuses Juli's fresh eggs produced by her hens simply because of the Bakers' disheveled front yard. However, the sycamore tree could also represent divinity, protection and strength. Juli's favorite spot in town is the peak of the sycamore tree. Here she reveled in the sunset igniting the surrounding clouds and the wind kissing her skin. She suddenly understood what her father meant when he said the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Juli could see it in the landscape. She could even see it in Bryce, but is he greater or less than the sum of his parts? When the tree's owner decided to cut it down, Juli defended it by remaining in the tree. But when it eventually came down, her vanity, her irrational love, began to come down as well. Juli questions the whole that is Bryce Loski. Likewise, Bryce begins to see Juli from a different angle.Flipped is a gem in itself. I laughed. I cried. No I didn't, but it was very moving. And the writing is pretty good. If you enjoyed The Wonder Years or if you ever daydreamed about that one girl you kissed when you were 13, you'll get a nostalgic kick out of Flipped. If you don't know The Wonder Years and you've never been kissed, you'll still love it. It's flippin' great.Read more chick flick reviews for men @ RatedChick.com
"All I ever wanted was for Juli Baker to leave me alone."Flipped is easily the best love story/relationship movie I've seen since 500 Days of Summer. I'm the kind of guy that you couldn't pay to watch a Nicholas Sparks movie, but that doesn't mean that I can't appreciate a good movie about the highs and lows of love. In a year of formulaic, mind-numbing flicks with no imagination or heart like Letters to Juliet, Flipped is a welcome breath of fresh air. It's about 8 or so years in the lives of two kids who meet when when one of them moves into a new <more>
neighborhood. Juli played by Morgan Lily and Madeline Carroll is instantly smitten by Bryce Ryan Ketzner and Callan McAuliffe the second she sees him drive up to his new house. Bryce, being a typical second grade boy, finds her attention embarrassing and unwanted. As they get older, that dynamic between them remains pretty much the same, but we wouldn't have a very interesting movie if that's all there was to it. Eventually Bryce finds himself on the other side of the equation flipped, get it? , and has to win back the girl he never knew he always wanted.How odd is it that a movie about a couple of kids handles the topic of love in a more mature and genuine way than almost all of the adult-oriented romantic comedies that we're buried under each year? There's no doubt about it that Flipped will make you say "aww" on occasion, but there's a lot more to it than just kids being cute. Humor, issues of class, family conflict, and the lost idealism of youth are introduced into the story by Bryce and Juli's respective families, and there are several outright bittersweet or poignant scenes within the story.The movie is shown from the POV's of both main characters, and often the same event will be shown from each of their perspectives. It works really well, as it really helps the viewer to "get" both Bryce and Juli. The kids chosen to play the older versions of the two Carroll and McAuliffe are both great, the fact that the story is set in 50's or 60's suburbia adds a believable sense of innocence to it all, and there is just a fresh feeling to the movie that I can't really describe with words.I heartily recommend this to anyone who likes a good, well-written movie, regardless of the genre. You can tell that a lot of heart went into making Flipped, and it shows. Great movie.
A simple, classic, heartwarming story (by nutsbout_you)
Of all the movies I've seen lately, Flipped was amongst the most refreshing. If it had been done by a different director and had different screenwriters, it might be a terrible cliché. Story of first love, known each other since kids, bla bla bla, we've all heard it before.But this movie, it was so pure and so realistic, which is what I love about it most. It wasn't over the top romantic, but it was enough to tug my heartstrings and made me go "awwww" instead of going "ewwww".The characters felt like real people, and the issues faced in the story felt so real <more>
and believable, it made me believe in the basic form of love once more, and that it still existed in real life even though I know it's just in the movies, but still .Anyway, if you're looking for a story that is refreshing yet vintage, and wanting to have a lovey-dovey grin plastered on your face, then this is the movie to watch.
The first few minutes sent me back a decade reminding how much we avoided girls or getting our names attached to one..I really liked how the story showed a basic fact mostly at least :"The one you love doesn't love you back, and you don't love the one that loves you!"Though the main story is not that all can relate to, the background or the base of the story was really nice. The character development was good, not like many movies which focus on only the main characters. Though the story was a little predictable, the movie is enjoyable and among a few to which we can <more>
relate to.This movie is definitely worth a watch.And it deserves an 8 out of 10.