From writer-director Gia Coppola (granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola and niece of Sofia Coppola) comes an astonishing debut feature that deftly captures the complicated ties, heightened emotions, and romantic highs and lows of adolescence. Based on several linked stories by James Franco, PALO ALTO is a teenage movie for the ages, made indelible though its ensemble cast featuring some of the most gifted up-and-coming young actors working today. It stars Emma Roberts, James Franco, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin, Chris Messina, and Val Kilmer.
Screened last year in the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals, the film weaves together three stories of teenage lust, boredom, and self-destruction: shy, sensitive April (Roberts), torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach (Franco) and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy (Kilmer); Emily (Levin), who offers sexual favors to any boy to cross her path; and the increasingly dangerous exploits of Teddy and his best friend Fred (Wolff), whose behavior may or may not be sociopathic.
- via Yahoo