by Jeff Ames Posted: December 14th, 2010 at 7:01 am
Rob Reiner gave an interview on CBS Sunday Morning News prior to the theatrical release of his latest film Flipped in which he candidly admitted to host Charles Osgood: “I basically tell the same love story over and over. The girl in the story is always much more emotionally mature… the boy is always running around like an idiot trying to catch up, trying to figure out what’s going on.”
Indeed, one need only look at the director’s resume to find validity in that statement. The man has long told stories about relationships (1989’s When Harry Met Sally … for example), but never quite as pleasantly as he does in Flipped, a familiar but plucky love story of boy meets girl, who loves boy, who doesn’t love girl, who soon grows tired of boy, who suddenly loves girl. The film is easily one of the director’s best efforts since 1997’s The American President. Continued after the jump:
With the coming-of-age romantic comedy Flipped, director Rob Reiner tells the story of Bryce (Callan McAuliffe) and Juli (Madeline Carroll), as they make the discoveries that will define who they are, as well as who they are to each other. Following them from grade school to junior high, the two characters live through triumph and disaster, family drama and first love, all while Juli waits for Bryce to finally come to his senses and see things her way.
Casting the right actors for the leading roles was very important to the filmmaker, whose casting search reached as far away as Australia, where they found their Bryce in Callan McAuliffe. Now 15 years old, it was the actor’s first American audition and he was thrilled for the opportunity.
During a phone interview with Collider, Callan McAuliffe talked about how badly he wanted to be in an American film, how grateful he was to work with Rob Reiner and how he would love to model his career after Johnny Depp. He also spoke about his next role in the upcoming sci-fi/action film I Am Number 4, directed by D.J. Caruso and produced by Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
The trailer for Flipped, the latest from director Rob Reiner, debuted earlier this month and charmed many (including this writer) into hoping it represented a return to form for the Stand by Me director. The picturesque poster features the core young couple of Bryce (Callan McAuliffe) and Juli (Madeline Carroll), as the film explores their adolescence. Hit the jump for the poster.
Does Rob Reiner have another good movie in him? Reiner directed some of the classic films of the 80s including This Is Spinal Tap, Stand By Me, The Princess Bride. He was doing pretty well half-way through the 90s with Misery, A Few Good Men, and The American President. Then it all went horribly wrong. Since 1995, Reiner has directed The Story of Us, Alex & Emma, Rumor Has It, and The Bucket List.
But the trailer for his latest film, Flipped, gives me hope. It’s steeped in 50s nostalgia, but looks to have a very sweet story at its center. Flipped is about two 8th graders trying to navigate their feelings for each other. Since there aren’t any movie stars, the film looks like it has an authenticity that Reiner sorely needs. Hopefully, Flipped will be the movie that pulls Reiner out of his fifteen year rut.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Flipped hits theaters on August 6th.
Warner Bros. has released their 2010 schedule and included a bunch of first look images from some of their biggest films. While in years past they would include a synopsis for each film to go along with the images, for now they’ve only provided a release date and the category it’s in. Saying that, if you’d like to see the first images from Ben Affleck’s The Town, the new Kevin Smith movie starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan, Hubble 3D, The Lottery Ticket, Flipped, Going the Distance, and a lot more, hit the jump and take a look.