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The movie Flipped (2010) is really OK for kids – in fact it’s about kids. It’s a romance about first crushes, though, so some less mature children may not like it. Personally, I loved it, but the really little kids may either not understand or be uninterested in it. The movie is based on a book of the same name, by Wendelin Van Draanen.

Flipped is set in a small American town and takes place in the late 1950’s/early 60s’. Second-grader Bryce Loski (Callan McAuliffe; Ryan Ketzner*) and his family move into the neighborhood, across from second-grader Juli Baker (Madeline Carroll; Morgan Lily*). Upon their meeting, Juli knows it’s love, but Bryce, being… well, a 7 year-old boy, is disgusted. It’s tough enough being the new kid on the block, but to have a girl chasing after you!…

As they go through grade school and junior high, their feelings for each other change dramatically.

The film is directed by Rob Reiner, who also directed the recently reviewed The Bucket List.

Again, it’s completely fine for kids… There isn’t even any kissing! Probably the most un-kid-friendly thing would be the Basket Boy Auction, but come on… it’s the 50s’!

Speaking of the 50’s, that’s where most of the music for the movie came from. And might I say, they are good choices! Some of the songs were “Pretty Little Angel Eyes” and “One Fine Day”. If anyone out there remembers those.  Click here to get the original motion picture soundtrack for Flipped on Amazon or Click here to buy the soundtrack on iTunes.

Flipped is currently on limited theatrical release in the USA. Click here to get Flipped on DVD from Amazon.

Age Recommendation: I want to make something clear. This is not just a place where I’ll tell you if it’s appropriate or not. It’s also where I’ll recommend if an age will enjoy it. And so, I recommend (but not limit to) ages 8+.

Final Verdict: And the verdict… For Best Rating of Flipped… Goes to… 9/10! *wild applause!* (Who ever said a reviewer can’t have fun?)

*Younger Counterparts

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  • Joan Stewart Smith September 12, 2010, 12:36 am

    Did you think there were some good supporting performances, too? I thought the actors playing Bryce’s granddad (John Mahoney) and Juli’s dad (Aidan Quinn) were especially moving. Costume designer Durinda Wood really did her research on early 1960s fabric prints!

  • Bruce Stewart September 12, 2010, 5:46 pm

    Sounds like a film for young parents to learn more about their growing children! We are waiting for the Net Flix release. Excellent review, Stewart. I like Rob Reiner.

  • Coco September 18, 2010, 11:49 pm

    Hi Stew!

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