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"I thought it was important to strip away the technology so we could get at the true emotions and feelings and make it as innocent as possible.
I guess you could say I wanted to make it closer to my own childhood." Warner Bros.
For me, the most fascinating thing about "Flipped" is that, even though its protagonists are awkward 8th graders, it's a film that adults will respond to as much as kids.
In fact, in an era when Hollywood couples films are either played for laughs ("Date Night") or for thrills ("Knight and Day"), the two young middle-schoolers have a relationship that is probably more sophisticated and emotionally complex than any romantic relationship we've seen in a major studio film all year.
"My son said, ' Dad, I think this could be a good movie.' And he was right." So what did Reiner do when he discovered that no one in Hollywood wanted to make the movie? The rights to the book were owned by Kelly Gonda, one of the producers of the Broadway show "Grey Gardens." She already had a draft of a script by Nora Ephron and was hoping to get Kenny Ortega to direct the project.
But things didn't work out and when Gonda decided to leave the movie business, Reiner jumped in and acquired the rights.
That is, it’s about a boy who thinks he hates a girl until he realizes that she might be the best thing ever. This is definitely cute, and there’s a deeply saturated color sense that kinda makes the era look like a time of unimaginable perfection.It's no secret that Hollywood is obsessed with '80's nostalgia.