Year of Release: 2010
Starring: Callan McAuliffe and Madeline Carroll
Director: Rob Reiner
Everybody has a love story. And this movie has one as well. When Julianna “Juli” Baker (Madeline Carroll) sees Bryce Loski (Callan McAuliffe) for the first time, she’s in love. And also she’s in the second-grade. Bryce does not reciprocate her feelings but she’s not disheartened. Over the years as much as Bryce tries to rid himself of her, she hangs on. Where she dismisses his ignorance as shyness, he interprets her love as annoyance. The story is told from the perspective of both Juli and Bryce.
This is a story that we all wish was true. It makes us re-live our childhood romance. Someone that we liked as a child and that person liking us back is something we all want to look back on. The leads, Callan McAuliffe and Madeline Carroll, execute their roles brilliantly. Supporting characters are spaced in a way without interrupting the main plot. Acting-wise everybody gets it right. It does not get dramatic at any time. None of the emotions are overdone. It is a simple retelling of the fact that love is innocent and beautiful.