Banana Split - Movie Synopsis & Plot
It's the end of April's (Hannah Marks, SIFF 2017's Slash) senior year of high school, and she and longtime boyfriend Nick (Dylan Sprouse, "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody") have just broken up. No matter; April is off to Boston University in just a few months, so why not spend her final days in Los Angeles cutting loose? But while getting trashed at a house party, she bumps into Dylan's new squeeze, Clara (Liana Liberato, also in SIFF 2019's To the Stars), a recent transplant from Fresno. High-school social conditioning demands they hate each other on principle, but it turns out they have way more in common than a mutual beau. Over the summer they develop a perfect kindred-spirit friendship in ways they never thought possible, all while working overtime to keep their relationship secret from Nick. What makes Banana Split special are the hard edges, the goofy character quirks, and the lead performances from Marks (who also co-wrote the screenplay) and Liberato, who infuse their characters with a level of teenage anxiety that feels positively refreshing among high-school movies. Directed by former Seattleite cinematographer Benjamin Kasulke (Your Sister's Sister, Safety Not Guaranteed), Banana Split is a teen movie worth cherishing.
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