From writer/director Gia Coppola (and adapted from the book of short stories by James Franco) comes Palo Alto starring James Franco, Emma Roberts, Jack (son of Val) Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Chris Messina and Val (father of Jack) Kilmer.
Palo Alto weaves together three stories of teenage lust, boredom, and self-destruction: shy, sensitive April (Roberts), torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach (Franco) and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy (Kilmer); Emily (Levin), who offers sexual favors to any boy to cross her path; and the increasingly dangerous exploits of Teddy and his best friend Fred (Wolff), whose behavior may or may not be sociopaths. (via Coming Soon)
Looks interesting. Very SOFIA Coppola-esque. Says Slate:
An inclination to eye-roll this one — to dismiss it as a well-connected director teaming with an overexposed actor — is understandable but premature. For one, though Franco suffers from a sometimes grating self-importance, his commitment to a role, whether it be a marooned biker or dreadlocked drug lord, is inarguable. Second, though the bildungsroman is a shopworn genre, every year a gem—last year’s The Spectacular Now, for instance—emerges with heretofore unseen insight, and the whole coming-of-age experience becomes new and bracing and impactful again.
Palo Alto could be that film this year, as it opened to rave reviews on the festival circuit. Coppola, for her part, seems to have copped some technique from her aunt: the neon lettering, understated depiction of adolescent chaos, and wry teen-speak all bring to mind The Virgin Suicides andThe Bling Ring. We’ll see if she can step out of her family’s shadow come May 9.
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