<i>Palo Alto</i> Depicts James Franco's Life Growing Up in the Bay

Capri Zelaya
September 30, 2013

The trailer for the new movie Palo Alto was premiered by maker James Franco in late August at the Telluride Film Festival. It will be the second movie that is written about the area, after fictional film Palo Alto, CA, which was released in 2007. The new movie will be based on Franco’s book of short stories that he wrote about his own teenage experiences in the Silicon Valley.

Now an Oscar-nominated actor, James Franco grew up here in Palo Alto, and graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1996. During his angsty teenage years, he experienced trouble with the law and almost got sent to juvenile hall, amongst other occurrences mentioned in his book.

Although he did not make all the right decisions, he was indeed very intelligent and was able to graduate with good grades going on to get a job at technology developer, Lockheed Martin.

The entirety of the movie revolves around the rebellious lives of the Northern California teens, and stars Emma Roberts as one of the lead roles. Roberts plays a girl who develops an intimate relationship with her soccer coach, played by James Franco. The film also features singer/actor Nat Wolff, who many may remember from the 2007 Nickelodeon show and musical endeavor the “Naked Brothers Band”.

Many students at M-A have expressed their love for the book, as they feel it relates well to their life and experiences growing up in the area. Though the release date for the film has not yet been set, local teens anticipate the film with much excitement.

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3 Responses to “<i>Palo Alto</i> Depicts James Franco's Life Growing Up in the Bay”

  1. Eliza Dewar on September 30th, 2013 10:18 am

    I really respect James Franco, it’s so cool he is from Palo Alto. It’s admirable seeing famous people admit to mistakes in their past. I hope he comes and visits his hometown soon!

  2. Natalie Silverman on September 30th, 2013 7:49 pm

    This sounds like a great movie to go see! Did they film it here in town?

  3. shoover on October 18th, 2013 11:14 pm

    I’d be interested to see the local coverage as the film. For example, Kepler’s often holds special events, and might have one related to Franco’s book. I also wonder if local theaters will have special midnight premieres.