Rob Reiner on Flipped, First Love and Parent/Teen Bonding

Rob Reiner’s new movie, Flipped, opened on Friday and last week I had the honor and pleasure to interview him. When discussing Flipped, which is about first love between kids grown into young teens, Rob said “You never forget your first love. Therefore Flipped is a great bonding movie for parents and teens“. He certainly was right.

Flipped is an adaptation of the novel by Wendelin Van Draanen of two families in the late fifties, early sixties. Bryce and Juli, who live across the street from each other, first meet when they are seven. We watch them over the next six years, but the stories flip back and forth from Bryce to Juli and back again. It is very interesting seeing both the girl’s and boy’s perspective. Both of the actors, playing the lead kids, Madeline Carroll as Juli and Callan McAuliffe as Bryce, did an amazing job.

The other main roles are all members of Bryce and Juli’s families and are pivotal characters as an important part of the film is the effect that family has on these kids. The family members are played by Aidan Quinn, Penelope Ann Miller, Rebecca De Mornay, Anthony Edwards, John Mahoney and Kevin Weisman.

Here is a trailer for Flipped:

According to Rob Reiner, the author of Flipped, wrote the story because she was a teacher and saw that all that the kids would talk about were this boy or that girl and she knew exactly what they were feeling. The book is very popular with young teens. Seeing the movie, Flipped, together would be a great way for parents to open up a dialogue with their tweens and teens about their feelings about the other sex.

Rob actually found this story through bonding with his tween son. When his son was eleven, he brought home Flipped, the novel, from school. While reading it together, his son suggested that Flipped would make a great movie. Rob Reiner went ahead and made Flipped, and his son was right, it is a great film. If your teens aren’t sure they want to see Flipped, tell them that it is made by the same director that made The Princess Bride, Stand By Me, This is Spinal Tap and When Harry me Sally.

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