The family watched a recent movie this weekend: “Flipped”. I had never heard of it, though it came out in 2010. My wife rented it, and knowing little of it I was a bit concerned it might be a waste…and I was wrong! It’s a Rob Reiner film, which should be enough for most folks, but when it started I saw it also had Aidan Quinn, Anthony Edwards, Rebecca De Mornay, Penelope Ann Miller, and John Mahoney as the well-known actors in supporting roles.
What’s it about? It’s a story about two eighth graders who fall in love. Madeline Carroll plays Julie as the eighth grade girl-next-door (ok, across the street), who flips back and forth about her feelings for her neighbor Bryce (played by Callan McAuliffe), also flipping as he discovers Julie has a bit more depth than he realized. For some this may seem a bit saccharine and cloying, but as the story progresses there is lots of coming of age and growing up goodness, too. The parents of both children also get some good character development, and the depiction of family interactions, sacrifices, and flaws are realistic without being over the top. The time period is in the 1960’s, but this story is more about the kids than everything else going on in the 60’s. The side story of the relationship that Julie has with her father, Aidan Quinn, is especially good as it reveals why the family is where they are, and shows an example of selflessness that is rarely seen or discussed.
This is a movie that somehow got overlooked at the box office, but is well worth a rental with the family. There is a bit of adult language that may offend some, but is realistic, and there are some scenes of family arguments that might be a bit uncomfortable for others. However, I really enjoyed the movie and would recommend it; you will enjoy it. You can read more about it at IMDB here.