Franco, Coppola Bring Adolescent Chaos in ‘Palo Alto’

Another Coppola joins the family business with Palo Alto, the directorial debut of Gia Coppola, niece and granddaughter of Sofia and Francis Ford Coppola, respectively.

Gia adapted her first feature from James Franco’s Palo Alto: Stories, a collection of vaguely linked vignettes about teenage life in the eponymous town.

Although he has handed over the directorial duties, Franco still plays a vital part in the film, portraying the lust-filled soccer coach and single dad who gets a little too close to one of his female students.

Franco plays a high school soccer coach with a lusty eye for his student.
Franco plays a high school soccer coach and single dad who gets too close to one of his female students.

Emma Roberts, known recently for her role in American Horror Story: Coven and for her connection to aunt, Julia Roberts, stars as the young player who attracts his attention.

The film also marks the debut of another acting offspring, Jack Kilmer, son of Joanne Whalley and Val Kilmer.

Emma Roberts, another Hollywood family name, stars in Palo Alto as the object of attention for Franco's character.
Emma Roberts, another Hollywood family name, stars in Palo Alto as the object of attention for Franco’s character.

Palo Alto opened to rave reviews on the festival circuit, perhaps an inkling that Gia will be as successful as her legendary family members.

She seems to have copped some technique from her aunt: the wry teen-speak, understated depiction of adolescent chaos, and neon lettering all bring to mind Sofia’s standouts, The Virgin Suicides and The Bling Ring.

The film is set to be released May 9, and after this trailer, we are excited to see the full product… the soundtrack, too.

Watch the trailer below:

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