Entertainment Weekly

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

Palo Alto

Posted on

Palo Alto

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
98 minutes
Limited Release Date:
05/09/14
performer:
James Franco, Val Kilmer, Emma Roberts
director:
Gia Coppola
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B-

A soccer coach who, in an eerie parallel to recent real-life accusations against James Franco, hits on a virginal high schooler (Emma Roberts). The episodic film is based on Franco’s own 2010 story collection. ”It really captured teenagers in an accurate way,” says first-time director Gia Coppola (granddaughter of Francis). But don’t expect to see too many hyphens in Franco’s billing. ”I thought about adapting my own stories,” admits the actor, ”but that’s just too much James Franco in one project.”