Palo Alto is a series of short stories by James Franco about his growing up as a teenager in his hometown. Recently, he combined with newcomer Gia Coppola to turn the book into a film. I got to go to a screening of the movie the other night, where following the film, James Franco himself did a Q&A.
The movie started at 9:50 and was playing at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Around 11:45, James Franco came in and answered some of the audiences questions. He covered questions ranging from “How did you hometown of Palo Alto help to shape your life,” to “Why did you choose Gia to direct the film?” With each question, James gave a nice lengthy answer that made it very clear he loves to hear himself talk. Overall, the movie was pretty good. The movie’s plot seemed a tad forced, which was understandable since it was based off of short stories that then had to come together to make 1 cohesive film. The shots were nice, but the plot was pretty average; There were the rebels that don’t fit in, the creepy teachers, the weak girls, the asshole guys. Palo Alto is a movie about high school kids stumbling into their own adulthood and all the mistakes they make along the way.
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