James Franco and Emma Roberts star in Gia Coppola's "Palo Alto."
The new film "Palo Alto" is based on a book of short stories by James Franco.
Palo Alto" looks at the lives of teenagers struggling with the challenges of adolescence in an affluent suburb of northern California. It's a suburb James Franco grew up in. He also makes an appearance in the film as a high school soccer coach who takes a special interest in one of his young students, April.
The film marks the directorial debut of Gia Coppola, the granddaughter of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola.