Good concept, poorly executed.
It's fun, it's light, [but] it has a hard time when its tries to get heavy.
if their story seems completely bonkers, almost like a feverish work of fiction, you ain't heard nothing yet.
The acting is good, and the firecracker script has some excellent ideas.
I finally believe love is friendship. But it didn't happen to me. I just hope it did.
Usually, I do a lot of research before starting a TV show or a movie. I had no idea what the movie was about before I saw it the first time. Went blindly for it putting my complete faith on my sister's recommendation which mostly would be great. And then it was altogether a heavenly feel. Was a bliss, every dialogue and the importance of each character and the emotional touch that binds everything together has been done brilliantly. It never happens but I loved the movie so much that I saw it twice back to back without a break. Most movies have a fixed plot but the drama is a genre where the director can explore things way beyond the story and give serious importance to granular emotions. This kid love story is no way lesser than the masterpiece trilogy "Before Sunrise....". This is one of the best feel-good movies that anyone would love irrespective of age and taste. It sometimes feels like the IMDb that once was alive before 6 years is completely messed up now. There is no correct way to differentiate good movies from the bad ones when the superhero movies usually get 7 and above rating. This one should definitely be an 8 pointer and above, also surely deserves a strong place in TOP 250 when "Inside Out" can be in.
The embodiment of the perfect feel good coming of age tale. The simplistic way of telling a story on both sides was executed so flawlessly I often felt as though I had, had these conversations and feelings before. I yelled at Bryce over those eggs, I cried with Juli in that tree, I had ice cream with Uncle Daniel. This movie really touched me and will forever have a place in my heart.
Reviewers' Notes: 1. A number of mainstream reviews noted that this was Reiner's most ambitious project in almost two decades. That is a "back-handed compliment: and it is as much a comment on how he has been coasting for years, as it is a nod to this specific effort.2. The flaws in the film are -- ironically -- typified in the official poster for the project, where the artwork has the two leads sitting in the (infamous) tree on the same branch. Of course in the actual story they are never actually together in the tree. For film buffs of the future, this raises the question of whether the script was rewritten (and no one told the promo dept); or if simply someone inside the production company was trying to express what the film should have been...? 3. On the plus side, it is remarkable how much mileage Reiner gets from the shopworn devices of voice-over and double-POV. That the viewer comes to expect and get involved with these tricks is a big plus.4. The supporting cast is solid but not solid enough to overcome any shortcomings in the performances from the two young leads. The good news? There are no such shortcomings! The two young leads essentially pick up the film on their backs and carry it to the finish line.5. Reminded me in some ways of the original Korean MY SASSY GIRL (recommended!) which remains the most powerful rom-com of the last few decades. And that is not merely a back-handed compliment, that is the real deal. To suggest that love can blossom in such unlikely circumstances is, at the end of the day, what makes this film memorable.