Yesterday, I took some time off from prepping for my new job and reading Mockingjay, to go see "Flipped" with my daughter. It was a real treat for both of us. It's true to the book, while offering some new insights and a delightful late 1950's/early 1960's setting. Wendelin Van Draanen's book was a huge hit at Lindero Canyon MS I booktalked many, many times, and she is a wonderful speaker and human being I had the delight to host as a visiting author, so I was anxiously awaiting the film release. I wasn't disappointed, as I so often am when I loved a book.
I learned from teacher librarian George Pilling that the film is just being "platform" released in six major cities. Its success in these cities will determine whether it gets further releases. Please go see it, both for your own pleasure, and to boost its chances of getting a well-deserved nationwide release. If it's not in your city, visit the Flipped Facebook page and ask why. In fact, as George noted, it will probably appeal to small town audiences more than in the big cities, but this "big city girl" loved it.
Here's the trailer:
You can read Ebert's enthusiastic three and a half star review here.