Teddy is introduced to viewers as the bored stoner who is a talented artist and best friends with the obnoxious yet charming Fred who gets him into trouble constantly. Everyone warns him to stay away from Fred but he never does. It seems when Teddy is unhappy or does not get what he wants he relies on drugs, alcohol and his best friend Fred to escape reality. The majority of the time Fred gets Teddy in trouble but whenever they are driving together they always in engage in odd intellectual conversations which appear to indulge a fantasy world: “Teddy if you were in the olden times what would you do?” away from Teddy’s bitter reality.
April and Teddy represent most boys and girls who like each other but fail to confess their true feelings. April likes Teddy however, when she sees Teddy going upstairs with another girl at a party she gives up and has a meaningless sexual encounter with Ivan.
Palo Alto does not focus on teen stereotypes like the emo or the cheerleader, it depicts teen realistic identities and personalities. It is so relatable and realistic at times it even begins to start feeling like a documentary about the teen years in California. There is no strong plot or message.
First time director Gia Coppola creates a vivid vision which takes inspiration from her aunt Sofia’s The Virgin Suicides. The misty and hazy headshots of characters sitting down aimlessly, the continuing build-up of the characters as the minutes go by are all present. The clean cut soundtrack with sounds of BloodOrange, Tonstartssbandht and Mac Demarco completely tie in with the dreary light and overwhelming mood of Palo Alto.
This review was written by Cinemania Ambassador Dolapo (17)