In "Palo Alto," April (Emma Roberts) is your average high school student. She plays on the soccer team, babysits and attends teen parties. While she is the class virgin, she does have somewhat of a relationship with classmate Teddy (Jack Kilmer), though neither seem to recognize it. Teddy however, when he's not hanging out with the wild and crazy Fred (Nat Wolff), is also having relations with the class slut, Emily (Zoe Levin), as is Fred.
Meanwhile, April builds a relationship with teacher and school soccer coach Mr. B (James Franco), for whom she also regularly babysits. In between her normal high school activities, April deals with the typical teenage angst tangled up with some sexual advances from Mr. B, all while trying to figure out life itself.
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I Know That You Are Really Good
Mr. B: "I'm older and I know that there aren't a lot of good things around and I know that you are really good."Crossing the line yet again, Mr. B comes on to April. He tries to explain that with his age comes wisdom and that wisdom says she is something special.
I Wish I Didn't Care About Anything
Teddy: "You just don't care about anything."
April: "I wish I didn't care about anything."
The strange dynamic between Teddy and April is highlighted in this interaction. Teddy sees April as someone who is aloof but April on the other hand feels the complete opposite.
You're Young and You Don't Know Why You Do Things
Mr. B: "All right, step one for doing your homework is turning off your phone."
Mr. B: "Now, it's simple. The way to right a good history paper is to choose your event then just explain why it happened. History is just explaining why things happen."
April: "But what if I don't think there's a reason for something happening?"
Mr. B: "Well, then you need to think harder."
April: "Yeah but I do things all the time for no reason."
Mr. B: "It's because you're young and you don't know why you do things but there's always a reason. No?"
April: "Uh uh"
Mr. B: "Okay"
April: "I mean, if you wanted to, couldn't you say that the reason things happened is because one thing that happened at the very, very beginning of time."
Mr. B: "Mmmhmm, if you wanted to be a smartass."
What Are You Doing Sitting in That Locker?
Mr. B: "What are you doing sitting in that locker?"
April: "I don't know. I just like it sometimes."
Mr. B: "I'm surprised you can fit in there."
April: "I guess."
Mr. B: "Well, is everything okay? I haven't seen you at practice the last couple of days."
April: "Yeah, I'm sorry about that. I just I fell behind on a bunch of schoolwork so I've been catching up."
Mr. B: "Mmmhmm"
April: "I promise I'll be there next week. Do I still get to play?"
Mr. B: "Yeah, I just want to make sure everything's okay. You know you can talk to me, right? That's part of what a coach does."
Mr. B: "If you need help with homework, I'm pretty good at that too."
April: "Yeah, sure"
Mr. B: "Why don't you just bring your schoolwork to my house when you babysit next time?"
April: "Okay, I will."
Mr. B: "Yeah?"
Mr. B: "So I'll see you at practice?"
April: "Yeah, I promise. I will."
Mr. B: "Promise?"
Mr. B: "Don't get stuck in there."