August 27, 2010

Flipped Movie

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Flipped Flipped Movie vs. Book

JULI: “The first day I met Bryce Loski, I flipped. It was those eyes. Something in those dazzling eyes. . .”
BRYCE: “It was the beginning of more than half a decade of strategic avoidance and social discomfort. All I ever wanted was for Juli Baker to leave me alone.”

Flipped-00047 When second-graders Bryce and Juli first meet, Juli knows it’s love. Bryce isn’t so sure. Beginning that day, and for the next six years, Bryce does everything he can to keep his wannabe girlfriend at arm’s length. . . which isn’t easy since they go to the same school and live across the street from each other. The whole time, Juli never gives up on Bryce, even though he works hard to keep away from her. But by eighth grade, Juli finally thinks maybe she was wrong about him, and he’s not so great after all. It’s just about the same time Bryce starts to think maybe he was wrong about her, too. But is he too late?

This is the Flipped movie (rated PG), based on the book by Wendelin Van Draanen, (which I LOVED!). The author gave her blessing for the movie, and it stays very close to the book except for one major thing: the time period was changed to the 1960s. That explains their clothes. Flipped-01725

The wardrobe wasn’t popular as far as most of the young cast was concerned, a sentiment best expressed by Callan McAuliffe (who plays Bryce). “They wore funny-looking clothes that were really uncomfortable. The cars were great, in particular, the vintage fire truck. In fact, everything looked really cool. . . except the clothes.”

But Flipped is not about clothes or who you are on the outside. It’s about seeing people for who they really are on the inside. This was Van Draanen’s primary theme for the book, which borrows not only from her own early experiences but from years spent as a school teacher observing her students. “I’d see girls crushing on boys because they were just so cute and I’d want to take them aside and say, ‘Honey, he is so not worth it!’ And with the guys, I’d want to tell them, ‘She may be hot, but that’s all she’s got,’” the author reveals. “It takes a while in life to learn the skill of seeing beyond who’s cute or popular. So I wrote Flipped as a way of talking to kids and trying to illustrate how they can learn to recognize the character of the people they meet instead of what they look like.”

Flipped-10257Madeline Carroll, who stars as the instantly-smitten Juli Baker, knows exactly what Van Draanen means. “At the beginning, Juli doesn’t really know what’s on the inside of Bryce but she likes the outside. It takes time for her to start seeing what Bryce is truly like under the surface and she realizes that maybe she doesn’t really like the inside so much.”

Starring as Bryce Loski, the object of Juli’s affection, Callan McAuliffe echoes this idea. “At first, Bryce thinks this girl is really out of control. He tries not to talk to her and keep away but she’s really open about her feelings and doing crazy stuff like sniffing his hair. It’s really awkward. He can’t get her out of his head. But then, when he finally does, he realizes that maybe he liked having her in his head, and wants her back.”

So what do you think? Have you read the book? Seen the movie? Which did you like better? Let me know in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

Photos and interviews courtesy of Warner Bros.

  1. Myst47

    I loved the movie! Can’t wait for it to come out on DVD! Wait a minute… Dec. 10 IS TODAY… OMG! IT’S OUT ALREADY! Grr… I enjoy having a dorky brain! This always happens when I get excited about a book… AGH! I HAVE TO CHECK IF THE COVER OF THE 4TH MORTAL INSTUMENTS BOOK IS REVEALED YET!!! :D

  2. GryffindorWolf

    Now, I’m gonna go read the book….*goes and reads the book* Wow!!!! Now, I’m gonna see the movie!!!!!!

  3. LiVeLaUgHlOvE_6

    i love the book but i hadnt seen the movie but il watch it…..i hope to read more books from you

  4. Haley

    I read the book in 6th grade and I liked it! So I guess I will watch the movie to see if it is like the book.

  5. unokona

    I’ve seen this movie, and one word….AMAZING!!!!!! everyone, u have 2 c it!!!! this is the best movie ever, and it is just like the book. u got 2 c the movie!!!!! i absolutely LUV it!!!! it is a terrific movie with a good meaning. the author of the book is awesome!

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  7. SuperSapphireSpy

    ive read the book. it’s really good. and the fact that sonja said they stuck to the storyline really well (except the time period*) makes me even more excited for the movie!
    *which is okay with me, because that is kind of how the book is written. like, the simple american family. that was a good choice on the director’s part.

  8. Grandesong

    I have read this book and I love it! I can’t wait to see this movie! And I love the clothes!

  9. evelinp123

    hi my name is evelinp123 all though i haven’t seen the movie or read the book it looks very interesting and would be fun 2 watch

  10. purplegymnast

    I read the book and now it is a movie. I usually like books that turn into movies so maybe I will wash it.

  11. sweets99

    i haven’t read the book yet but i really want to i will see the movie after i have so then i can see the differences i think it is sort of cool to see the differences i is very interesting.

  12. Tank 12345

    Hi my name is tank 12345. I think this movie sounds very intresting. Although it is intresting, I don’t think I would pay to watch it.Instead I would read the book or wait tell it goes on television.

  13. thisismyworld12

    I CAN’T BELIEVE IT!!!!!!! they are FINALLY making the book into a movie!!! i read the book about a year ago {sometime in sixth grade} it is such an awesome book it tells both sides of the story. it is kinda what every girl dreams of happening to them. DEFINETLY SEEIN IT!!!!!!

  14. Jasper16

    This book sounds really good. From what I’ve heard the author sounds really nice to. I will def. get it. I might watch the movie but the books are always better.

  15. rickriordanfan

    I’m gonna see it just because Madeline Carroll is in it. I LOVE HER! She’s awesome. It sounds interesting too.

  16. budi

    Oh my gosh!!!!! I have wanted this to be a movie and now its going to be one! I have read this book at least a thousand times!!! And I loved every single time!! This is just like the Percy Jackson book because I also loved it and also wanted it to be a movie!!! i guess you could say I’m delighted and estactic!!! :)

  17. werewolf409

    I LOVE this book!!!!!!!!!!
    I’ve read it like a million times. . .i hope the movie turns out just as good.

  18. sonofhades

    holy i’m not much for the gushy stuff i mean like ive been turned down alot so i dont like that stuff but this im totally drawn in i am watching this movie

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