Have you heard of this one beforeÉ There was one of those deals for VideoHub on my tablet again so I saw this little movie called Flipped. I was for $9.99 and it looked cute. I always like these little young romances. They always have this innocence that can make me smile from my heart. Although Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB seemed to differ in their ratings a bit, I still decided to go ahead with it and see how I felt about it.
Director: Rob Reiner
Cast: Madeline Carroll, Callan McAuliffe, John Mahoney, Aidan Quinn
Bryce Loski (Callan McAuliffe) moves into a new neighborhood when he was in second grade. It was a day he would never forget because it marked the start of a strange little girl across the street, Julianna Baker (Madeline Carroll), who befriended him and from that day on had a big crush on him and his dazzling blue eyes. She made him become the biggest embarrassment on the first day (and following year) at school. All he ever wanted was for her to leave him alone so he tried every way possible to avoid her. Juli didn’t only follow him around but to him, she had strange ideas. She wouldn’t climb out of a big old sycamore tree when it was going to be cut down and she grew chickens in her backyard for starters. However, it seemed to get his grandfather’s (John Mahoney) attention, something that he couldn’t even get from him. This made him want to see Julie in another light to understand why his grandfather thought so highly of her.
This is an adaptation from a novel apparently. I’ve never even heard of it so I don’t really know how to review this as an adaptation. As a stand alone movie, I really enjoyed it. I was in all ways a feel good movie from beginning to end. It was young, cute and innocent. I think its the fact that they did this in an original way, where we get the typical schoolyard crush but as we see Bryce’s side of the story, we also swap around after something happens and we get to see Juli’s side of the story in her narration as well. For some, maybe it can be repetitive. However, I’m just assuming because like I said, I found that very fun to watch.
Although it is a little fun young romance as the package, as we see both sides of the story, we also see how they grow up as individuals. We see how their choices affect who they are. What I really liked was the supporting actors. I think they were the ones that pushed me over to actually get this movie. In the trailer, we saw Bryce’s grandfather was the inspiring figure in his household and he does a fantastic job at bridging the understanding between the two kids. On Juli’s side, we have her father (played by Aidan Quinn) who really helps her and makes her understand new ideas and encourage her. I’m starting to really like Aidan Quinn. He has done some outstanding jobs in movies. This one was probably the best that I’ve seen him at. Maybe I’m alone but I stand by that.
I really connected the movie for personal reasons. Some times, our situations and the people around us make us learn lessons and analyze the people and environment around us as well. It doesn’t make them any less innocent, just makes them more insightful. All simply, this movie brings out a reality of growing up in two different family situations. It shows us how our family, our friends and others that we associate with influence how we see and react to different things in life. Sometimes, when we are young, we don’t really see it until we gain better perspective.
As for the young actors, Madeline Carroll and Callan McAuliffe, they both do a really awesome job in this flick. They do narration mostly but in the context of conversations and reactions, they embody their roles very well. It pulled me right into the movie and I was a nice fun ride to see them grow up during the movie.
Flipped is a recommendable story for those who like these sorts of movies. You might guess a good part of it but the process of the movie and the originality in the script from both points of views is refreshing and fun. Its supported by both great young and older actors and they really bring out the essence of this movie. As much as its cute and funny, its heartwarming and meaningful. A lot of adjectives I like to give to movies. This is going straight to my feel-good movie pile and I almost want to play it again right now.