Paper Man (2010)
Movie InfoPaper Man is a comedic drama about an unlikely friendship between Richard, a failed middle-aged novelist who has never quite grown up and Abby, a 17-year-old girl whose role in a family tragedy years earlier has stolen away her youth. Richard has moved to a Long Island beach community for the winter season in order to overcome his writer's block. There, he meets Abby and hires her as a weekly babysitter, even though he has no children. As the season progresses and the warm, quirky friendship between Richard and Abby grows, the two begin to share with each other their dreams and life hardships. With the coming of spring, Richard and Abby discover there comes a time to let go of the imaginary friends of the past and to embrace the future. … More
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Critic Reviews for Paper Man
Aided by subtly wounded performances by Daniels and Stone, and a surprisingly affecting comic turn from Reynolds, Paper Man makes up for many of its shortcomings with an abundance of heart.
The manipulations characters act out with each other are realistic, even if the overlong and not-nearly-twee-enough comedy built around them isn't, making for a movie whose script may have had more merit than its execution. Or not.
A big Twinkie stuffed with indie-film cliches and glazed with chiming emo guitars.
What we have in this film is a whole lot of nothing, and the little that's there is irritating.
We don't even get a real sense of what kind of writer Richard is, or even if he's any good. It does make a difference, after all, if the novel he can't write is worth writing. A bigger question: Was "Paper Man" worth making?
Ignore the story of Paper Heart ... Concentrate instead on the delightful performances.
Primarily charming and peculiarly funny, but dribbles on during the final portion of the film.
A flimsy character study...as ephemeral and forgettable as a sheet of paper carried off by a gust of wind.
We're subjected to so much arbitrary quirkiness that the characters' big breakthroughs and breakdowns ring false, accidentally making for some of the film's biggest laughs.
It's tough to watch such a glum progression through the familiar, with bits of quirk dissected and bandied about.
Jeff Daniels' issues are self-indulgent. But to him, his writer's block and insubstantial life are epic, and the film sides with him more often than not.
Are we supposed to look upon a guy who comes on to young girls and plies kids with alcohol as some sort of blithe free spirit?
Emma Stone gives a tour de force over fine performances by Daniels, Kudrow, and Reynolds.
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