Stephan Lee
May 28, 2014 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Palo Alto

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
98 minutes
Limited Release Date
05/09/14
performer
James Franco, Val Kilmer, Emma Roberts
director
Gia Coppola
genre
Drama

We gave it a B-

A soccer coach who, in an eerie parallel to recent real-life accusations against James Franco, hits on a virginal high schooler (Emma Roberts). The episodic film is based on Franco’s own 2010 story collection. ”It really captured teenagers in an accurate way,” says first-time director Gia Coppola (granddaughter of Francis). But don’t expect to see too many hyphens in Franco’s billing. ”I thought about adapting my own stories,” admits the actor, ”but that’s just too much James Franco in one project.”

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