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Flipped, rated PG, is an amazing movie. It is a Warner Brothers Picture based on *Wendelin Van Draanen’s book, Flipped.
The movie has not been widely released and is only available in certain locations because of their low budget. However, Warner Brothers has released it in more locations as its received more acclaim.
I cannot state enough how fun this movie was. It’s a great family film, appropriate for all ages and extremely funny.
The film, unlike the book, is set in the 60’s. The main characters Bryce, played by Callan McAuliffe , and Juli, played by Madeline Carroll first meet in second grade when Bryce moves to the neighborhood. Juli is moon-eyed. She knows at that moment that she loves Bryce. Bryce, on the other hand, is not as smitten. At that age, he’s girl-phobic and so he tries desperately to avoid Juli. Yet try as he might, Juli is hard to ignore!
Over the next six years, Bryce continues to try to keep Juli at arm’s length. It’s not easy. They are not only neighbors but attend the same school! The question for the moviegoer is will he continue to feel that way if Juli looks away? I won’t tell you what happens but rest assured it will have you laughing uproariously, shedding a tear or two and even reminising about your own first love.
My verdict: This is a must see family movie.
NOTE: I have to add that I also love this movie because Madeline Carroll is a Christian. She is very active in a non profit Christian organization called “Zoe International” , which rescues children from child prostitution. Perhaps for that reason, she accepted a role in another Christian movie called Machine Gun Preachers, which is based on the true story of Sam Childers, a former drug dealing bike ganger, who opens up a camp in Sudan to help children who are forced to become child soldiers or child prostitutes. This movie is set to open in 2011.
Have you seen Flipped or plan to see it in the coming future? Let me know in a comment!
Also take the time to read more about the upcoming movie Machine Gun Preacher and Reverand Sam Childer, the man behind Machine Gin Preacher. Scroll through the photos, I promise you will be moved.
*Disclosure: If you purchase the Wendelin Van Draanen’s book, Flipped, on Amazon, I receive a very small percentage as an affiliate.