Palo Alto

Lists: Drama, Stoner Flicks

Brief Synopsis: "Palo Alto weaves together three stories of teenage lust, boredom, and self-destruction: shy, sensitive April (Emma Roberts), torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach (James Franco) and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy (Jack Kilmer); Emily (Zoe Levin), who offers sexual favors to any boy to cross her path; and the increasingly dangerous exploits of Teddy and his best friend Fred (Nat Wolff), whose behavior may or may not be sociopathic."

Overall Ranking: 1678 (Rank from 2013: # 91)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 50%
Regular 0%
Half-Popped 50%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Lisa Marie Bowman90 - A minor existential masterpiece.
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Dan O'Neill85(full review)
David Baruffi61(full review)
Sober Film Critic James Brown43(full review)

People Involved

  • Emma Roberts (April)
  • James Franco (Mr. B)
  • Val Kilmer (Stewart)
  • Colleen Camp (Sally)
  • Jack Kilmer (Teddy)
  • Keegan Allen (Archie)
  • Nat Wolff (Fred)
  • Olivia Crocicchia (Chrissy)
  • Christian Madsen (Anthony)
  • Zoe Levin (Emily)
  • Don Novello (Mr. Wilson)
  • Gia Coppola (Director)