Paradise (2013)

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Writer-director Diablo Cody (Academy Award (R) winner for Best Screenplay, Juno, 2007) delivers this hilarious tale of innocence lost and paradise found, starring Julianne Hough (Safe Haven), Octavia Spencer (Academy Award(TM) winner for Best Supporting Actress, The Help, 2011) and Russell Brand, Get Him to the Greek). After a nearly fatal accident, 21-year-old Lamb Mannerheim (Hough) is beginning to realize that the world is much bigger than her small, God-fearing Montana town. Armed with a … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual material, substance abuse, some language and thematic elements)
Genre: Drama , Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Diablo Cody , Stephanie Rodnez
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 12, 2013
Runtime:
RLJ Entertainment/Image Entertainment - Official Site

Cast


as Lamb Mannerheim

as William Carr

as Melanie Mannerheim

as Doug Mannerheim

as Little Girl

as Teenage Guy

as Stripper #1

as Stripper #2

as Vegas Driver

as Frat Guy #1

as Frat Guy #2

as Cute Girl #1

as Cute Girl #2

as Buffet Attendant

as Nasty Little Man

as Evangelist

as Patron #2

as Old White Woman

as Delaney

as Hipster Girl

as Drag Queen

as Zipline Attendant

as Piano Player

as Guitar Player
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Critic Reviews for Paradise

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (12)

The movie goes nowhere, and Ms. Cody's screenplay is relentlessly talky while standing still.

Full Review… | October 23, 2013
New York Observer
Top Critic

Cody's satiric knocks on Christians couldn't be more blundering and obvious. Yet her dialogue is often funny, and the unusual three-way friendship is refreshing.

Full Review… | October 18, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

The script needed another draft. And the screenwriter needed another star - and a real director.

Full Review… | October 18, 2013
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Cody has concocted a modern-day "Alice Through the Looking Glass," with none of the danger or wit.

Full Review… | October 17, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The problems with "Paradise," Diablo Cody's first directing effort and fourth produced screenplay, begin almost immediately ...

Full Review… | October 17, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

Cody is an intermittently wonderful screenwriter but the fully realized characters and silver-needle wit of "Juno" and "Young Adult" are nowhere to be found in her debut as writer/director.

Full Review… | October 17, 2013
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Paradise

You're courting irony when you name your movie Paradise, as well as pained movie critic puns, but I had faith that Diablo Cody, stepping into the director's chair for the first time, would entertain, especially after her best screenplay yet, 2011's Young Adult. The problem with Paradise is that it goes just about nowhere and it's shockingly bland, a criticism I never thought I'd have for a Cody-penned work. The premise starts off strong, with Lamb (Julianne Hough) as a devout Christian living a sheltered existence until the day she becomes the sole survivor of a plane crash. Her body covered in burns, her faith shaken to its core, she embarks on journey to Las Vegas to sin it up big time. It's snarky and satirical, and then she gets to Vegas, she meets some nice new pals (Russel Brand, Octavia Spencer), and they hang out and... that's about it. The Lamb character is meant to be a na´ve but ultimately nice person, but she's portrayed as vaguely racist thanks to Cody's simple skewering of fundamentalism. Where are the sharp characters and incisive wit of Cody's past efforts? The comedy almost dissolves as it goes and you realize that intriguing premise is never going to be realized. And then the third act happens and it feels like the film just gives up, unearned sentimentality takes control, and the characters all find unsatisfying conclusions. The characters aren't given enough material, often left adrift in a plot-free environment of self-discovery. A misguided scene where Lamb pours her heart out to a former prostitute could work as a summary of what tonally doesn't work with this movie. There are some funny moments, even some affecting ones, but Paradise doesn't feel like it has a sophisticated voice and clear direction. Coming from Cody, I wouldn't have expected those two chief complaints.

Nate's Grade: C

Nate Z.
Nate Zoebl

Super Reviewer

½

Charming and Heartfelt.

Enjoyable Movie! While I did like the movie and I am glad I watched it, it wasn't really what I would call a laugh-out-loud comedy. This is from the writer of Juno and the comedy is more that style. This is almost a bi-polar movie. One minute you are laughing and smiling the next you are depressed. This is good but be prepared for that. Overall, a good movie that is worth watching but be prepared for the roller coaster.

Lamb Mannerheim's faith is shaken after a plane crash burns two-thirds of her body, and she shocks her small-town congregation when she publicly renounces God. As she sets out to experience the worldly pleasures of Las Vegas, she meets a bartender and a cynical lounge singer who help her check off as many dirty deeds as possible from her Napkin of Sin bucket list.

MANUGINO
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

½

A supposed inspirational comedy, Paradise tries to bring some heart to its satire. After renouncing her faith a burn victim takes off for Las Vegas to experience life for the first time, and along the way she meets a bar tender and a lounge singer who offer to guide her on her journey. Julianne Hough leads the cast and brings a certain charisma to her performance that lightens up the film. And, Russell Brand gives a strong supporting performance that serves as good comic relief. However, the film seems a little confused about what it's trying to say. Paradise is a bit of fun, but it doesn't really go anywhere.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

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