- Directed by: Rob Reiner
- With: Madeline Carroll and Callan McAuliffe
- 90 Minutes
- IMDb: 7.7
What would you do if you had the chance to go back to your years of childhood? Well if you’ve already read the synopsis of “Flipped” then you know that this has nothing to do with the story of the movie but think about it just for a second because although travelling physically through time is impossible, going back to our childhood years with a sweet and kind movie is also satisfying (well at least for me). “Flipped” is one of those movies that whether you watch it alone or with accompanied, in the end you smile and you feel funny about what’s happening. The story of “Flipped” was so well written that there were times when I felt that I was watching pages from an amazing novel passing by in front my eyes.
In the end, after watching all those pages passing by, I felt like I had just travelled back to my childhood years because the story was so pure and lovely and it all seemed real to me. For me, “Flipped” is another great coming-of-age movie but I know perfectly that if you’re not that into stories like this one than you’ll probably think that it was a bit cheesy and disappointing. “Flipped” it’s the story of two kids who where neighbors, Bryce and Julie. They were really different and while Julie was obsessing with him, Bryce just kept “ignoring” her and living his life. After catching a kite that got stuck on top of a sycamore tree, Julie discovers a place where she could enjoy a majestic and magnificent landscape.
Juli Baker: I guess it’s something about his eyes or maybe his smile.
Richard Baker: And what about him?
Juli Baker: What?
Richard Baker: You have to look at the whole landscape.
Juli Baker: What does that mean?
Richard Baker: A painting is more than the sum of it’s parts. A cow by itself is just A cow. A meadow by itself is just grass, flowers. And the sun picking through the trees, is just a beam of light. But you put them all together and it can be magic.
But after chopping down the tree and after watching Bryce ignoring her request for help, she starts to believe that perhaps is less than the sum of its parts. And in the middle of this unfortunate event, a love story begins. Despite all differences, despite all the problems at home and despite all the fights and stupid little things that happened, Bryce and Julie will learn that almost nothing can stop the power of love.
In the end, I smiled and I felt a strange feeling coming from my heart. I enjoyed a lot “Flipped” because the characters were really well developed and also because of the storytelling style. I haven’t read the book but I found quite interesting the fact that the story was told through the characters point of view so that the viewer could understand the feelings that were inside their minds. While Julie is this nice and kind girl, Bryce is sometimes a bit rude to her and even though this connection between the characters is something that we’ve all seen from other romantic movies, there was something funny and lovely about their relationship.
With the performances of Madeline Carroll (which apparently was in “When a Stranger Calls” but I don’t remember that) and Callan McAuliffe, Rob Reiner (yes the same Rob Reiner that you’ve seen in “The Wolf of Wall Street”), the director of “The Princess Bride” and “Stand by Me”, adapts a coming-of-age novel that allowed me to travel back to my childhood years. Although it’s not amazing, since there are some flaws in the middle of the story, the connections between the characters worked really well and I felt happy with the conclusion of the story. Funny, lovely and charming, “Flipped” was a surprise for its style and a truly captivating movie.