Review: 'Palo Alto' | May 16, 2014 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

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Cover Story - May 16, 2014

Review: 'Palo Alto'

(3 stars) In a way, the city of Palo Alto is built on the foundation of teenage tragedy. Established by Leland Stanford as a university town (and a temperance town), Palo Alto took shape to host the institution that takes its name from Stanford's namesake lad, who died at the age of 15. It's fitting, then, that James Franco's 2010 fiction book "Palo Alto Stories" and Gia Coppola's new film adaptation of the same both commemorate Palo Altan teenagers teetering between tragedy and possibility.

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