Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Directed By: Rob Reiner
Written By: Rob Reiner, Andrew Scheinman
Released: Aug 6, 2010 Limited
Runtime: 89 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
When they meet at age seven, Juli Baker falls instantly in love with her new neighbour, Bryce Loski. Bryce, however, does not share the affection. From this day forward, Bryce (played by Callan McAuliffe) tries hard to keep Juli (played by Madeline Carroll) at bay. After six years, she begins to feel that she was wrong about him being the love of her life, while, unfortunately, this is also about the time that Bryce begins to think he was wrong about her too…
While the plot initially seems considerably cliché: “girl likes boy, boy likes girl” underneath all that there’s really something so much more to this story. Put the cliché aside and what you see is that each of the characters have their own background, their own personal journey before they ended up where they are today. It’s not all what we see on the screen. It’s life. In some ways this film touches on realistic points, real points, every day points. And that’s so important because people can relate and engage so much more. It makes you think. It made me think.
I loved how it switched from Bryce’s point of view, to Juli’s. Same situations but told rather differently…But it was effectively done.
I felt that the tree scenario was like a metaphor for her fondness towards Bryce. The father came up to get her down when she refused to leave the tree and told her so solemnly “It’s time to come down now” – meaning, you know, metaphorically it’s time to let go of Bryce…
Yeah…it's not the most exciting film in the world, but it is a sweet one.