May 10, 2011
It is interesting when a teenager movie wrapped in a wiser point of view. The result is an easy to digest but full of wisdom kind of way movie. Flipped is a love story, to sum up, but tells the story with two point of view. From the girl, Juli and the boy, Bryce. Two eighth graders start to have feelings for each other despite being total opposites. Based on the novel "Flipped" by Wendelin Van Draanen.(imdb)
I have a fondness with old vintage things. This movie set in the '50s and use old tunes like my mother's favorite tunes. Madelinne Caroll plays a strong character as Julie. Deep impression also felt by John Mahoney who plays Bryce's grandfather, Chet. Using narration with back and forth plot does not felt confusing. It makes us learn more from both characters.
As a kid, we act like what is is. Spontaneously do things according to our personality. So right from the beginning we could see the difference between Juli and Bryce personality. From the start Juli is straightforward and stubborn but Bryce is still easily influenced from his surroundings.
A lot of the tiny details from the movie sends the message not to have a bad prejudice before we check the facts. Like many, our heads and feelings could be influenced into thinking something that might not be true. Sometimes we avoid confrontation with covering something we don't want people to know, but in the end it makes the problem grow. And how easy it is to judge from the outside, when there's more reason if we bother to look from the inside.
There's many values to be look at from Juli Baker. Having to climb a tree reminds me of my childhood. There's also a transition from a child to a girl that is significant, is when a girl sees the reality to a guy she have high hopes for. Actually it applies to a boy and a girl. But it is important when you let go of your expectation and start seeing the real thing, before it's too late.
To sum up, the movie is easy to digest but able to send the wisdom : do not judge people from the cover.