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Palo Alto (2014)

Details Limited Release: May 09, 2014; Rated: R; Length: 98 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: James Franco, Val Kilmer and Emma Roberts; Distributor: Tribeca Film

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.''
Originally posted Apr 11, 2014 Published in issue #1307-1308 Apr 18, 2014 Order article reprints

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