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Flipped (2010)

Director:
Rob Reiner
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Romance
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Winter's Bone
RUNNING TIME
90 minutes
Producer:
Alan Greisman
Rob Reiner
Screenwriter (based on the novel by Wendelin Van Draanen):
Rob Reiner
Andrew Scheinman


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Juli Baker Madeline Carroll
Bryce Loski Callan McAuliffe
Patsy Loski Rebecca De Mornay
Steven Loski Anthony Edwards
Chet Duncan John Mahoney
Trina Baker Penelope Ann Miller
Richard Baker Aidan Quinn
Daniel Baker Kevin Weisman
Young Juli Morgan Lily
Young Bryce Ryan Ketzner

 

Review

Rob Reiner returns to his roots in this simple coming-off age romance about two neighbouring kids growing up on each side of a typical suburban American street in the late 1950s. The title, Flipped, refers to both a development in the male protagonist and to the film's clever narrative style, in which the set of events are told twice, alternatingly from the boy's and the girl's point of view. This may feel exhausting at first glance, but the formula grows on you, and Reiner knows how to utilize the opportunity it creates to sprinkle the story with amusing observations and angles. The story itself is simple, a classic tale of youth and love, but as Reiner refinds the at times magical atmosphere from films such as Stand By Me and couples this with beautiful cinematography and sympathetic performances from a fine acting ensemble, Flipped is able to stand out from the crowd and ultimately evoke real emotion despite its somewhat predictable outcome. It's a pleasant film with its heart in the right place. The only thing that doesn't work quite as well as one could have hoped, is the dialogue, which doesn't always seem adjusted for the 1950s.

 

Copyright 14.2.2011 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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