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Every once and while you happen across a movie that has received absolutely no hype, and it turns out to be a gem. We had such an experience this Christmas week when we rented a film by director Rob Rainer called Flipped. As near as I can figure it came out this past summer in a very limited release and then quietly went straight to video.

The film takes place in the early 60’s in a quiet town in Anywhere USA. If you were a kid during this period, or if your parents or grandparents grew up in the 60’s this film is a  time capsule of this earlier and in some ways simpler time.  Here is a description of the plot:

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, young Bryce  does everything he can to keep his outspoken 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 film is based on  a book of the same name written by Wendelin Van Draanen.

It is hard to find a movie the whole family can watch these days and while Flipped will not win any big awards, in fact, it was a commercial flop, it will provide an entertaining and thoughtful viewing experience.

One of the aspects of the film you might look out for is the difference between Bryce’s “successful” family and Juli’s poor one.It is perhaps the central lesson of the film.

A second insight the movie offers is how the two characters view the same events from entirely different perspectives.The difference between the way women and men see things starts it would appear from early childhood. I guess that this is no real surprise but the film handles this fact with humor and at times with a range of emotions from both Juli and Bryce.

Here is the trailer and I hope you get a chance to travel back to the 60’s to experience this simple love story.

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