Directed by: Rob Reiner
Written by: Rob Reiner, Andrew Schienman
Starring: Madeline Carroll, Callan McAuliffe, Rebecca De Mornay
If you’re thinking to read the novel by Wendelin Vaan Drannen before you see the film Flipped, don’t bother. The film is basically the audio book version, only you get a couple of young picture perfect actors to play it out for you as well. Completely narrated by the voices overs of the two protagonists, Julie (Carroll) and Bryce (Callan), Flipped strings together two different perspectives with post production transitions that could well come from dinosaur-old editing software. While the innocent romance has the best intentions to produce a heart-warming and simple story, Flipped is too saccharine sweet for adults whilst lacking the action and humor made appealing to a younger audience.
While the film’s flipping (quite literally) between two different perspectives could have been a creatively funny and original take on giving “both sides of the story”, Flipped introduces too many situational conflicts and dramatic turns, without fully resolving them. As a result, the film becomes too distracted by multiple events that don’t necessarily affect the characters in significant ways, or even effectively bring them closer together. While the love story at the heart of the film is sweet, and the performances by Carroll and Callan are perfect for the roles, Flipped offers too many emotional obstacles without delivering a sense of progression, or at the very least, some fun.