by David Schuster
For the umpteenth time this year it's a small budget little acclaimed movie that made me smile. "Flipped" is a really good movie and it comes out of no where. The big budget productions have been one flop after another. Think of teams like the Cubs, Mets, Dodgers and Angels. Those teams laid eggs and so have most of the big time flicks so far this year. But, "Flipped" is a cute well acted story that both entertains and makes you think.
It's a story about a boy and a girl who meet when they are eight and carries through until they're in their young teens. She has a crush on him but he doesn't share the same feelings (at first). A series of events then take place which causes him to change his emotions therefore the title of the movie. The two young actors are played by Callan McAuliffe and Madeline Carroll and they play their roles brilliantly. It also doesn't hurt that the supporting actors are all big names who gladly take a big back seat (ala Chris Bosh on the Miami Heat) to make this movie work oh so well.
Aidan Quinn, Penelope Ann Miller, Anthony Edwards and Rebecca De Mornay were all outstanding as the parents of the two children and John Mahoney plays the young mans grandfather. Mahoney along with Alan Arkin are two of the most under rated actors who keep putting out great performances. In this movie Mahoney is top notch.
Rob Reiner wrote and directed this movie and much like his famous "Stand By Me" does an outstanding job in capturing the feelings of young people. Reiner may be most remembered as his role of Meathead in All in the Family but he has carved out a very nice niche in Hollywood and has put out some very enjoyable movies.
Again, this movie came out of no where with very little fan fare but it's a winner. Reminds you of teams like the Florida Marlins coming out of no where to win a couple of recent World series. I really liked this movie from start to finish and I give it a home run - three and a half stars.