Palo Alto is a 2007 independent film that is set in Palo Alto, California and was made by Brad Leong, Tony Vallone, and Daniel Engelhardt, three filmmakers who are locals of that city. The plot centers on four college freshmen on their last night of Thanksgiving Break, their first time back since leaving for school. They find that the old adage about absence making the heart grow fonder rings true in director Brad Leong's nostalgic comedy drama.
Only then do they realize their small town, once seemingly boring and meaningless, has much more to offer than they ever expected.
Palo Alto stars Aaron Ashmore, Johnny Lewis, Justin Mentell, Autumn Reeser, Ben Savage and Tom Arnold.
Palo Alto is the story of four college freshman on their last night of Thanksgiving Break, their first time back since leaving for school. The narrative follow them as they come to realize their small town, once seemingly boring and meaningless, has much more to offer then they ever expected.
The film opens with Alec, Nolan, Patrick and Ryan sneaking into an old classroom to retrieve an item confiscated by a freshman high school teacher. Their conversation is interrupted when campus security discovers them. The friends dart through the halls of the school and manage to avoid capture. Now in front of Palo Alto High, the friends say their goodbyes for the evening.
Alone and concerned his night will end with no excitement, Alec befriends an older fraternity brother, Anthony. The two quickly bond through mutual initiation stories, and the admiration Alec has for the more experienced partier.
On a school bus, Morgan, in his twenty-fifth year as a bus driver, discovers his old passenger Nolan at a public bus stop. The two catch up and Morgan tries his luck as cupid by inviting a young girl on board (Jaime). Nolan and Jaime continue, inventing adventures.
Patrick is visiting Amy, his girlfriend of four years. Patrick attempts to explain his vision of the future, which, of course, includes Amy. She quickly cuts him off to break his heart and destroy his neatly planned life.
When Ryan arrives at Audrey’s house, he expects to get some action and leave quickly. He is shocked to hear she wants more than a physical relationship. Disgusted with his reaction, Audrey steals his car – leaving him stranded with her grandmother. The two hit the streets in her aging automobile looking for Audrey.
The four boys' stories continue throughout the night, briefly intersecting, before the sun rises and they all leave home again.Aaron Ashmore as Alec
Johnny Lewis as Nolan
Justin Mentell as Ryane
Autumn Reeser as Jaime
Ben Savage as Patrick
Ryan Hansen as Anthony
Connor Ross as Andrew
Eve Brent as Susan Pierce
Shoshana Bush as Audrey
Rosalie Ward as Amy
Tom Arnold as Morgan
Robin Hines as Becky
Matthew Castellana as Danny Yates
Jason McMahon as Dave, the Stoner
Edward Singletary as Doctor
Hailey Bright as Jessica
Christina DeRosa as Ashley
Jay Joshua Hoffman as Jay Bob
Alona Lewis as EMT
Luka Apt as Party Boy