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Seven Movies Like Palo Alto

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7 Movies Like Palo Alto

7 Movies Like Palo Alto

Palo Alto is a drama film directed by Gia Coppola. It is based on the short story collection of James Franco with the same title. The movie was shown in multiple film festivals in August and September 2013. On May 9, 2014, Palo Alto was released in New York and Los Angeles. It garnered a lot of positive reviews from movie critics, particularly for the outstanding performances by James Franco and Emma Roberts.

This article contains a list of movies like Palo Alto that depict teenage lives in a deep and truthful fashion.

1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Release Date: October 12, 2012

Director: David O. Russell

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Walsh

Charlie is a young teenager who struggles to find his place in the real world. He misses his best friend, who committed suicide, and he also battles mental illness. One day, Charlie happens upon Patrick, who eventually becomes his close friend. He subsequently meets Sam, the stepsister of Patrick. The two take Charlie under their wings, expanding his horizons and introducing a world completely new to him. Charlie begins to experiment with sex, drugs and alcohol, but the problems of his past are just too overwhelming, and he soon learns that he needs more than a few close friends to resolve them.

2. 500 Days of Summer

Release Date: August 7, 2009

Director: Marc Webb

Cast: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Geoffrey Arend

Tom Hansen is an architect, but he writes greeting cards for a living. He meets Summer Finn, the new administrative assistant at their office. Summer is average in almost every physical aspect, but men seem to always find her attractive, Tom included. Summer tells Tom right away that she does not believe in true love. Tom still pursues her, and they eventually become an item. One day, Summer calls it quits. Tom finds himself deciding whether to win back Summer, or let her get out of his life forever.

3. Short Term 12

Release Date: September 23, 2008

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

Cast: Brie Larson, Frantz Turner, John Gallagher Jr.

Grace is a supervisor at Short Term 12, a facility where young teenagers are taken care of. She does her best to counsel the kids who have been pulled out from abusive home situations. Grace works with Mason, her longtime boyfriend. She gets pregnant and tells Mason about it, but she secretly intends to have an abortion. Grace can relate to the stories of some of the Short Term 12 residents, particularly that of Jayden, who is physically abused by her father. Grace does not immediately realize that, like the youth she’s taking care of, she also needs help to prevent her life from falling apart.

4. Blue Jasmine

Release Date: August 23, 2013

Director: Woody Allen

Cast: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard

Jasmine French is a socialite who finds herself having to travel from New York to San Francisco. Following her husband’s suicide, she has been an absolute mess. She needs to abandon her lavish lifestyle and move in with her stepsister, Ginger, who has two kids. Jasmine, left with no choice, works as a receptionist at a dentist’s clinic. She struggles to deal with her present circumstances. She continues to be narcissistic and pretentious, not knowing that her past troubles begin damaging everyone’s lives, especially her own.

5. Submarine

Release Date: March 18, 2011

Director: Richard Ayoade

Cast: Craig Roberts, Sally Hawkins, Paddy Considine

Oliver Tate is a 15-year-old who finds it difficult to handle his popularity in school. Jordana, a beautiful girl with dark hair, expresses her interest in him. He tells himself that he will try to be the best possible boyfriend to Jordana. However, he also has to deal with her mother’s ex-lover, who moves in next door. With his parents’ unsteady relationship hanging on the balance, Oliver must find a way to ensure his mom and dad stay together and keep his relationship with Jordana at the same time.

6. Midnight in Paris

Release Date: June 10, 2011

Director: Woody Allen

Cast: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates

Gil is a successful Hollywood screenplay writer, but he’s having a hard time finishing his novel. He goes on a trip with his fiancé, Inez, and her parents in Paris. Gil falls in love with the city and tells Inez that they should move there after their marriage. Inez, however, does not agree with him. One night, when Inez spends the night dancing with her friends, Gil roams the city at midnight. The more he walks around Paris, the more he gets inspired to continue writing. His walks bring him closer to the heart of the city, but farther from the heart of the woman he loves.

7. Comet

Release Date: December 5, 2014

Director: Sam Esmail

Cast: Justin Long, Emmy Rossum, Kayla Servi

A chance meeting prompts the beginning of a beautiful love story between Dell and Kimberly. Comet brings viewers back and forth in time, providing a glimpse of the many events in the romantic lives of the couple. Despite having different personalities, it seems that Dell and Kimberly are perfect for each other, and the film portrays their six-year relationship in such a compelling and unique manner.


Prabhat Parimal from India on November 17, 2015:

I liked the movie 'Tadpole' very much. The protagonist is a teenage boy who had a crush on his step mother. The theme might sound a little lewd but the movie is in fact classy.

stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on October 06, 2015:

Hi, another great movie review. I hope to see Short Term 12. It sounds like an interesting story.