Not a film for anyone who hasn’t had their first serious crush. So, in other words, this wasn’t a film for me. While it isn’t bad, I just can’t relate to it. However, in about 1-3 years, I might find myself thinking that this completely captures what it’s like to fall for someone the first time. That time is still to come.
The acting is great, which is the good thing I can say about it. I find our female main character Juli Baker very interesting, especially with the observations she makes of her experiences, and I connect with her on that level - but not when she talks about her first love Bryce. Something inside me just yells “GET OVER IT! YOU’RE BORING!” when it comes to their relationship.
Aside from feeling totally disconnected, I was also got bored with the structure of the movie. The scenes repeat to give you both points of view from each of the main characters, and that gets tiring about 1/4 into the movie. This makes Flipped a film that’s also not good for anyone who wants something that’s more, I don’t know, exciting?
Basically, everything that has nothing to do with the main plot is either okay or interesting/good in my eyes. I still just can’t ignore the main plot, though. Unlike a movie like Scott Pilgrim (or maybe even the writer’s own Princess Bride), the main plot doesn’t hold up enough to be something that isn’t entirely about their feelings for each other - no fighting “evil exes”, pretty much. Sub-plots are interesting... but for me they don’t make up for the fact that everything else makes me want to fall asleep. My stepdad enjoyed this more than I did. Definitely an “Ick It.”