“Flipped is as phony as a poodle-skirted waitress at a mall diner, yet it’s as sweet as a malt. A vanilla one.” — Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The children theme continues with Rob Reiner’s 2010 movie Flipped. Julia’s choice. 55% on Rotten Tomatoes sounds about right.
To its credit, it’s rated PG and probably most appealing to homeschooled kids and old people who grew up with Leave it to Beaver. It was just too saccharine and formulaic for me. It’s the 1950s. Girl likes boy. Boy doesn’t like girl. Then boy likes girl. Girl doesn’t like boy. Boy makes sweet and cheesy gesture and boy and girl like each other.
At times it felt like the Wonder Years, but somehow it lacked the true heart and depth of that show.
It wasn’t a total swing and a miss, but a swing and a… I don’t know, I’m not good with sports analogies. It was a swing and a foul or something. It’s nothing I’ll remember in a year. Or month, really.
The one bright spot this movie had going for it, for me, at least, was the interesting storytelling device and alternating perspectives of the same scenarios between the boy and the girl, hence the name “Flipped.” In one chapter we’d watch the plot unfold from the boy’s perspective, and then we’d get the same or similar plot details from the girl’s perspective. That was effective and satisfying. Even if the movie was a little too Wonder bread, at least it did keep you curious about how the main characters’ perspectives would differ. So, there’s that.