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When second-graders Bryce and Juli first meet, Juli knows it's love. Bryce isn't so sure. In the days and years ahead, Bryce (Callan McAuliffe) does all he can to keep his wannabe girlfriend at arm's length – and the smart, independent-minded Juli (Madeline Carroll) continues to give him the benefit of the doubt. This tender coming-of-age romantic comedy from director Rob Reiner takes the pair from grade school to junior high, through triumph and disaster, family drama and first love, as they make discoveries that will define who they are – and who they are to each other.]]>
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The film is told almost entirely in a voice over of one of the two main characters. It's told in a brilliant he-said she-said style where the same scene is often told twice from the two opposite points of view (Juli's and Bryce's). So we see the opening scene twice. The first time as explained by Bryce, and the second time explained by Juli. This sort of formula is used many a time in the unfolding battle of the sexes. Of course this doesn't happen in every scene--that would get boring. Director Reiner gives us the proper dosages of everything in this film. The proper amount of comedy, romance, and the proper amount of sadness. Never is it sappy or indulgent or even presumptuous. It's a perfect film for what it's worth. The screenplay is absolutely the work of a fine craftsman--or craftsmen Andrew Scheinman and director Reiner. I don't know how long it took to write or how much blood went into it, but this film is the result of excellent work in every department. The two child stars are perfect in their roles (although Bryce could have done better), but the strength of the cast are in supporting actors.Read more ›
The story is about a boy named Bryce Loski and a girl named Julianna Baker, who first met in 1957 when they were only seven years old. Julianna, or Juli (Morgan Lily), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, immediately fell for Bryce (Ryan Ketzner) - or, at the very least, developed what can only be described as a puppy-love crush. Bryce, being only seven, had absolutely no interest in girls, and found her affections frightening. He spent every waking moment trying to avoid her, made impossible by the fact that they live across the street from each other and attended the same school.
Flash forward six years to the story proper. A now thirteen-year-old Bryce (Callan McAuliffe) has successfully kept Juli (Madeline Carroll) at a distance, although he keeps bumping into her, and she persists in being outgoing and affectionate. Then things start to change.Read more ›
The plot involves the relationship of two teenagers; Juli and Bryce - they are the same age but the girl's natural character is far superior to the boy's. She has loved him since they were seven years old but his only desire it to get away from her. He thinks he is too good for her, but during seventh grade, his eyes are opened to her true value and to his own petty littleness. I loved how the story uses Bryce's grandfather as the "voice of his consiense" that he cannot escape, and how he slowly rises above the fate of being just as arrogant, nasty and shallow as his Dad is.
Juli, in turn begins to see him for the common and cowardly person that he is. Her growing into freedom from Bryce is a beautiful coming of age story in and of itself. You can see where she gets her character by the affinity between Juli and her parents, especially her father, who is the very picture of duty, courage and integrity. People like Juli are few and far between, and those who fail to recognize them are losers in every sense of the word.
As this boy learns and grows from his mistakes, he becomes a better person in the course of the lessons learned in his seventh grade year. It is great that his eyes are opened about her true worth, but one hopes that his growth will continue to make him not just aware of her worth, but that he will actually find enough integrity in his own heart to be eventually worthy of her. Is his change of heart too late or can she forgive him? With Julie's influence and his grandfather's fine example, maybe he has a fightning chance! Whether or not he wins Juli's respect in the end, he is a better person for having known her.
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A very good version of the book, because of time some events are changed for the movie but doesn't hurt it at all!Published 15 days ago by Savannah L.
It arrived in great timing! I recommend this movie to everybody! Good family entertainment.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Beautiful story that I fell in love with. This film is worth every starPublished 1 month ago by Ryann
Every middle school student should see this movie. It will help them realize that everyone is more than just the sum of their parts!Published 1 month ago by Pat Dillingham
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