Thursday, 19 July 2018
Flipped
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Monday, 13 September 2010 19:38

FlippedThis is one of those rare films that will have audiences young and old shaking their heads and nostalgically saying “Things just ain’t like they used to be.” And they’d be right. Teen coming-of-age movies these days are all about scoring booze, losing the dreaded virginity or having nudie-pics show up on the internet. Flipped is a throwback to simpler times, when a first kiss was every little girls dream and growing up wasn’t just a number.

Mmmm... watermelonFor Juli (Madeline Carroll) and Bryce (Callan McAuliffe) life changed when they became neighbours. Juli “flipped” for him right away, but things were a little different from Bryce’s perspective – to a seven-year-old boy, a little girl making moony eyes at him can be pretty terrifying! The audience gets to flip back and forth between their perspectives as the two grow up together over the years. Juli is creative and kind, with a family who is loving but not wealthy. Bryce’s family, especially his bitter father, are judgemental – with the exception of his wise grandfather (John Mahoney) who teaches him to see beneath the surface of the little girl next door.

Madeline Carroll and Callan McAuliffeFlipped is directed by Rob Reiner who has a real knack for selecting simple, timeless stories and bringing them to life with a lot of love. How could we expect any less from the man who brought us The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally and yes, even Misery!

Though it borders on feeling a little bit like a Hallmark movie, Flipped is a sweet and enjoyable tale with really great performances by the young stars. Madeline Carroll steals your heart and Callan McAuliffe is on his way to becoming a heart-throb. This is a quality family film that I think anyone wishing for a taste of simpler times would enjoy.

INFOKERNALS:

Directed by Rob Reiner, Starring Madeline Carroll and Callan McAuliffe.

Based on the young-adult novel by Wendelin Van Draanen.

Madeline Carroll appeared in Resident Evil 3: Extinction in 2007 as the artificial intelligence of the computer running Umbrella Corp.