Emma Roberts in a scene from the film "Palo Alto." (AP Photo/Tribeca Films)
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The Coppola family has given us Francis Ford Coppola, Nicolas Cage, Sofia Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Talia Shire and some very good wine.Gia Coppola, 27, the granddaughter of Francis and niece of Sofia, is the latest Coppola to enter the family business.In "Palo Alto," Gia very much takes after the soft aesthetic of Sofia ("The Bling Ring," "Somewhere") in presenting a cluster of direction-less California teenagers backed by a mellow, synthesizer-heavy score."Palo Alto" is rife with the stylistic cliches established by Gia's aunt and directors like Gus Van Sant.For a first film, however, "Palo Alto" shows promise in its character-first storytelling and its young filmmaker's evident ease with actors. The kids of "Palo Alto" use each other, and the girls are usually the worse for it.Franco has said he only wanted a female filmmaker to direct "Palo Alto," and it benefits from Coppola's feminine perspective.
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