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What Films Are Like Flipped?
We all have a soft corner for romantic movies. We also keep searching for these movies for our ‘Netflix and chill’ sessions. Flipped is one such perfect title for such evenings or maybe a dreamy afternoon.
Directed by Rob Reiner, who has also directed the classic When Harry Met Sally, Flipped is an adaptation of Wendelin Van Draanen's novel of the same name.
It's is a coming of age romantic drama about a very young girl and a boy, both complete opposites to each other. The spark among them turns into flames as the story develops. It is a film filled with nostalgia. Set in the early 60s, it's sensitive, sweet, and uplifting.
The soft rock tracks from the bygone era just add to its charm. It's only fitting to look for more of the same once you experience something as mesmerizing as this flick. If you have been scouring for some films like Flipped, I have got you covered with this ultimate list.
Films Similar to Flipped
- Eighth Grade
- Little Manhattan
- My Girl
- Booki's Crush
- Moonrise Kingdom
- She's All That
- The Edge of Seventeen
1. Eighth Grade
Bo Burnham’s directorial debut, Eighth Grade, is a similar coming of age film like Flipped. It is a story about the life and struggle of eighth-grader Kayla Day, played by Elsie Fisher, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. Since the movie was released in 2018, it features a heavy dose of the latest pop culture.
It is one of those movies where the festival fervor (read, Sundance) actually translates into substance. The whole movie unfolds during Kayla’s last week of eighth grade. Kayla suffers from social anxiety but she regularly doles out life advice on how to be confident on her rather not so popular YouTube channel.
You might expect the same old tropes of coming of age dramas but surprisingly, it does the same evolution in a lovely and understated manner. This is what makes this movie deeply touching as it effortlessly makes way to our hearts. The movie has certain genuineness in all characters. You will like them but at times find them annoying and irritating.
Overall, it's a refreshing take on school-based dramas. The wonderful writing, the sharp comedy, and the commentary on today’s youth make this film extremely entertaining.
2. Little Manhattan
Little Manhattan is a fun ride from beginning to end. A very young Josh Hutcherson plays Gabe, a boy in love. However, at his age, he doesn't really know what love is and what he should do about it. His love interest, Rosemary is very cute and you can see why Gabe falls for her.
The narration by Gabe is great, and it is like we are in the mind of an 11-year-old. The entire movie is told from Gabe’s POV. Though they are kids, all the feelings and reactions are universal and it shows that love is not just for adults. The actors are believable and charming, winning everyone's hearts with their commendable performances.
The story unravels the agony of adolescence - something all too familiar to every one of us. This light-hearted film depicts the uncertainties, agonies, and ironies of first love with accuracy, affection, and wry humor. You may think that the romance might make you nauseous but it is sassy enough to keep you glued and invested. This is the most adorable Upper West Side love story you'll ever see.
If you're looking for a movie like Flipped, Little Manhattan will not disappoint you.
3. My Girl
Who doesn't love Macaulay Culkin? We have seen innumerable repeats of Home Alone, and if you want some more dose of ever so cute Culkin, My Girl will not disappoint you.
This movie is a love story between Thomas and Vada. Thomas is played Macaulay Culkin and Anna Chlumsky plays the character of Vada. You might recognize her from her recent roles in TV series, Hannibal.
The story revolves around a girl who is about to enter the teenage life but finds her life completely changed when she encounters her unlikely friend. The movie is fit for both adults and children alike. It will touch you in a way only memories can. Suddenly, you take a trip down memory lane as you end up reminiscing about your own younger years.
The movie effortlessly weaves its magic and creates an atmosphere that sucks you within it. The endearing soundtrack by James Newton Howard just adds extra feathers in the movie’s cap, bringing warmth and beauty to the proceedings.
While the movie is funny, it is also heartbreaking at times, which will make you bawl for sure. Have a tissue box ready.
4. Booky’s Crush
Based on Bernice Thurman Hunter's novels, which has a young girl as the central character, Brooky’s Crush is a spellbinding tale that'll hook you instantly.
Set around the depression era, this Peter Moss directed feature follows a young girl, who develops a crush on Georgie Dunlop, a boy she is tutoring. Later, when Bookie hears an announcement for the upcoming school dance, the butterflies in her stomach begin to flutter. And a series of events unfold from thereon.
The film effectively manages to bring out the clash between our dreams and realities, albeit in a charming and cute manner. Since the film was released in 2009, just after the financial meltdown of 2007-2008, many people in the audience could identify with the working class hardships in the 30s era depression shown in the film. In a way, it was a nostalgic trip yet a reminder of our current times.
It is not a popular film, though, and you might have difficulty trying to locate it. This little treasure hunt, however, might prove fruitful and satisfying to you.
5. Moonrise Kingdom
Wes Anderson is known as a true auteur filmmaker. His distinct style of filmmaking stands apart from the kind of cinema we usually watch. The Moonrise Kingdom is one such delightful presentation from him. It is an eccentric, pubescent love story.
The Moonrise Kingdom is essentially a film about a young scout who runs away from a scout camp and decides to meet his pen pal, a young girl on a desolate island. The young girl runs away from her whimsical family and they build a kind of fantasyland for themselves while everyone else is involved in searching them.
Set in the 60s, the film will give you a warm, fuzzy feeling throughout its run. Like all Wes Anderson films, this one also boasts a star-studded cast, including Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Bob Balaban. You would also spot younger Lucas Hedges in the film.
The film is a visual feast and the symmetrical framing of scenes give it a storybook feel. it is sort of humanist fairy tale where the violence and bad elements exist but have a funny texture to it. The whimsical undertone makes up for a carefully constructed, though convoluted cinema. Alexandre Desplat’s score is just transcendental. And the film’s cinematographer Robert Yeoman has been called to have a poet's eye.
The story meets the style here, and for these artistic achievements, it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globe for Best Musical or Comedy.
In 2016, BBC included the film in its list of the 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century. I am sure you wouldn't want to miss one of the greatest films of this century. Those looking for some enthralling flicks like Flipped should not be disappointed.
6. She's All That
Some films are disarmingly simple, yet they have an uncanny ability to leave a long-lasting mark on you. She's All That is one such flick - a predictable film yet endearing feature that'll tug at your heart. The story revolves around a good-looking guy who makes a bet that he can turn Leeny, an unattractive girl, into the high school prom queen.
Freddie Prinze Jr., who used to be a teenage heartthrob in the 90s, plays the role of jock named Zack Siler. He attempts to befriend Laney Boggs, a dorky and unpopular school girl, played by Rachael Leigh Cook. You would also find our beloved Paul Walker in the film, whom we all miss so much.
The film is actually a mixed modern adaptation of G. B. Shaw’s Pygmalion and a film, My Fair Lady. This cliche story stays true to its genre and does not pretend to be any different - something that surprisingly works in favor of the film as it delivers what we expect out of it.
It does not shock the viewers with thudded twists but rather lulls them into the teenage life of Zack and Laney. The way the character of Zack is stealthily enamored by Laney is almost tear-jerking. There are also some really funny and clever jokes tucked around the script.
It is a simple but lovable film you should not give a miss if you are trying to take a deceptive trip to nostalgic lanes of your teenage years.
7. The Edge of Seventeen
If you love John Hughes directed features like the iconic The Breakfast Club, and Home Alone, among others, you would love what The Edge of Seventeen brings to the table. Inspired by the iconic ’80s teen comedy, Sixteen Candles, the movie follows the formula of biting humor mixed with some bittersweet heartbreaking moments.
It is the story of a teenage girl named Nadine, played by Hailee Steinfeld, a self-loathing teenage girl. The ground beneath her feet starts to shift when her best friend starts to date her big brother. Alone and dejected, Nadine finds a glimmer of hope in a new friendship with a thoughtful teenager. Will her life take a better turn?
Woody Harrelson plays the role of Mr. Bruner, Nadine’s history teacher with whom Nadine has a prickly relationship. The admirable part is, you will relate to every character no matter how different they might be from you. There is a running strand of humane quality to all these characters. This earnest attempt even makes up for any tiny flaws you might witness in the film.
It is not just another teenage drama but one of the most remarkable coming of age drama in recent times. Rightfully, this film was a runner up as The Best Picture at the Toronto Film Festival.
Did I miss out on any other good movies like Flipped? Let me know in the comments section.
Kristy persaud on February 13, 2020:
I love the movie flipped so much because the story line very nice under stand