Teen sweethearts (Madeline Carroll and Callan McAuliffe) offer a he said/she said history of their courtship in the 1950s nostalgiafest Flipped, based on a popular young-adult novel. Despite having one of the genre’s classics (1986’s Stand by Me) on his résumé, director Rob Reiner turns this coming-of-age story into a clumsy mash of tired golden-oldie vignettes and overheated drama. Worse, he vacuum-seals it all in a patronizingly wholesome package, like an extended episode of The Wonder Years with all the wonder sucked out. C-
BACK IN THE OLD DAYS Callan McAuliffe and Stefanie Scott in Flipped (Ben Glass)
Genre: Drama; Starring: Rebecca De Mornay, Anthony Edwards, John Mahoney; Director: Rob Reiner; Author: Rob Reiner; Runtime (in minutes): 88; MPAA Rating: PG; Distributor: Warner Bros.
Posted August 4 2010 — 12:00 AM EDT
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