A beautiful narration of a mediocre and pre-adolescent love story
I have never watched a movie directed by Rob Reiner, but if his films are made similarly to Flipped, then I could say that he’s great in making average stories look good.
Centered on two eighth graders start to have feelings for each other despite being total opposites, this movie based on the novel by Wendelin Van Draanen is a delightful hidden gem that was totally under-appreciated. The main characters, Julie Baker (Madeline Carroll) and Bryce Loski (Callan McAuliffe) had an instant connection right from the start thanks to the actors’ performances. The cast was pretty good in their performances, but that’s not the problem of the movie.
Well, the thing is, if you take out the performances and check only the script or plot, there’s nothing that makes the movie stand out from other generic films. The 1963 setting sure won’t appeal to a lot of people, and that’s probably one of the reasons why it didn’t fare well at the box-office. But aside from the story, there really is nothing else to complain about the movie.
In totality, Flipped is a movie so well-narrated that you’ll be interested to see what happens until the end. However, when you get to the end, you end up a little unsatisfied, or feel like it could’ve been better.
Rotten Tomatoes: 57% Fresh, 6.0/10 Rating
Internet Movie Database: 7.5/10 User Raing