Saturday, March 12, 2011



In 1957, when second-graders Bryce Loski and Julianna "Juli" Baker first meet, Juli knows it's love. But Bryce isn't so sure. Girl-phobic and easily embarrassed, young Bryce does everything he can to keep his outspoken wanna-be girlfriend at arm's length... for the next six years, which isn't easy since they go to the same school and live across the street from each other.

When they start the sixth grade, Bryce hopes that he can get rid of Juli so he asks the girl Juli hates the most out on a date, Shelly. This plan of Bryce's worked for a while up until Bryce's best friend, Garrett takes an interest in Shelly and tells her the truth about Bryce asking her out. Juli finds out Bryce and Shelly broke up and goes back to her regular Bryce-obsessed self.

From Juli's first point of view when she and Bryce first met was that he was just shy and embarrassed and when he "held her hand" she thought she would get her first kiss from him in the second grade. Juli knew that she was flipped from then on. After finding out that Bryce and Shelly broke up, she thought she could have her old Bryce back. She spent the whole year smelling his watermelon scented hair and wondering if she'd ever get her kiss.

In 1963, now in seventh grade, Bryce's grandfather Chet Duncan moves in with the family. He finds Juli different, special, and a rare kind of girl who's hard to come across. He continues to tell Bryce this with hope. There's a large, old sycamore tree that Juli loves which no one understands. One day, it's cut down by the owner in spite of Juli's protest and dismay. Her voiceover narrates in a very heartfelt way about how that tree has let her see the world in a much more enlightened way.

Chet and Juli form a strong friendship over time while he helps her work on her messy lawn. Bryce begins to develop feelings for her just as Juli begins to question her feelings about Bryce. Her feelings completely disappear when she overhears him and Garrett talking about her mentally challenged uncle, Daniel, in the library. She continues to have mixed feelings when the basket boy auction is just around the corner. She hears that Shelly is planning to bid on Bryce against another one of the schools "finest" girls. Bryce thinks that Juli is planning on bidding for him because he hears she walked in with a wad of cash (which she wasn't planning on having with her).

Bryce begins to worry about what would happen if she does bid for him just when she bids all her cash on basket boy number eight, the boy before Bryce. Later during the basket boy bidding lunch, Bryce and Shelly sit at a table across from Juli and basket boy eight. She's facing Bryce and he can't help but stare at Juli the whole time. He sees she's having a good time with her date and gets jealous. He grabs her up to talk to her and attempts to kiss her in front of everyone. He chases her out after Juli dodges his kiss.

She bikes home crying. Bryce tries for two days to see Juli after many phone calls and knocks on the door and window. Finally, one day Juli sees Bryce digging a hole on her front lawn which infuriates her. Her father said he gave him permission and she watches Bryce continue to dig. After he digs the hole, he leaves. Juli becomes confused but Bryce comes back carrying a baby tree and places it in the hole. She's surprised and doesn't even have to ask because she knew that is was a sycamore tree. She goes outside to help him. Knowing that he redeemed himself, Bryce touches Juli's hands, they share smiles and then continued on planting the sycamore tree. (copied from Wikipedia)

This is a sweet and unique movie about how each other had fallen love in different timing. They had different views and thoughts when they met. We just happened to flip when we meet someone, don't we?

1 comment:

  1. It was incredible unique. The endind kind of fell on me, but I really enjoyed it. My father and I watched it (ages 45 and 17).
    The name implies what the movie is about. When it flips, you can tell and that's when things are more interesting.


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