• Palo Alto (2014)

Palo Alto

Release Date: May 9th, 2014

DVD Release Date: September 9th, 2014

R |1 hr 37 min

Plot Summary

A lack of parental guidance encourages teens in an affluent California town to rebel with substance abuse and casual sex.

Cast: James Franco, Emma Roberts, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin, Claudia Levy, Olivia Crocicchia, Jack Kilmer, Chris Messina

Director: Gia Coppola

Genres: Drama

Keywords: 2010s, Heartwarming, Rivalry, Melodramatic, Love, Quest, Forbidden love, Friend, Emotional, Growing up, Intense

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    The best feature film directed by someone named Coppola in a number of years. show more

  • 85
    Alonso DuraldeTheWrap

    Coppola doesn't let these kids off the hook for their stupid decisions, of which they make many, but she's not judging them for their folly, either. Unchecked privilege and clueless parents are trotted out as part of the problem, but Coppola seems more interested in exploring human frailty and vulnerability than she is in digging for a social statement. show more

  • 87
    David EhrlichFilm.com

    Palo Alto is one of the best movies ever made about high school life in America (admittedly a low bar), blurring the lines between how unique it is to be a teenager, and how universal it is to feel like one. show more

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