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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

[5.00/10] Flipped (2010)


Flipped (2010)

Brief review: "Mysery" director, Rob Reiner brings this adaptation of Wendelin Van Draanen's novel of the same name, that while well-acted and pretty watchable, brings nothing new to the table in terms of storytelling, except for a dual-narrative from the two young protagonists, each of them telling the story from their own perspective. The plot drags on slowly throughout the majority of the film, and as a result, "Flipped" feels dull and lazy, and it often becomes tedious to watch. Another issue is Rob Reiner's direction, which is so apathetic, that instead drawing you more and more into the story, it somehow pushes you away. Acting-wise, "Flipped" delivers partially. Madeline Carroll is absolutely adorable as the smart, modest and helpful girl, Juli, and she truly shines on screen. Callan McAuliffe, on the other hand, is somewhat stiff and uncharismatic, therefore he doesn't seem like a worthy screen partner to Madeline. The supporting cast which includes Rebecca De Mornay, Anthony Edwards and Penelope Ann Miller and they all do a farily good job with the given material. Visually, "Flipped" looks quite sterile and unimpressive, as it features mostly 'colorless' and boring environments.

Overall summary: Nicely-acted and interestingly-narrated, yet overly-familiar and rather bland, "Flipped" is a so-so nostalgic coming-of-age drama, that is neither as sweet, nor as touching as it thinks it is.

6 comments:

Jaccstev said...

Haven't seen this one yet. But Georgi, if you would suggest me, I must watch this or not?

Nebular said...

Jacssy, if you're asking for an opinion whether you should watch this or not, the answer is: Skip it!

Jaccstev said...

Well I'll be more than happy to skip this one :) You know my taste well.

Nebular said...

Believe me, Jaccsey, there's nothing special about it, and I know you mostly like 'special' films :)

Melissa Bradley said...

Doesn't sound like I'll be watching this. Too bad because I like Anthony Edwards. I loved Dr. Green on ER and Goose is the ultimate side kick.

Nebular said...

You'd better skip it, Mel. Not that it's awful or anything, but it doesn't worth the time.