Last Stop for Paul (2006)
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This engaging, mostly improvised no-budget feature is based in part on Mandt's experiences, its loose narrative structure developing by chance as the duo encounter an assortment of characters on the road.
Well shot and edited despite its meager budget, Last Stop for Paul -- said to be based on a true story -- is good-natured, lightweight fun, although clichéd and more suited to DVD and cable than the big screen.
Simply an ingenious way of constructing a good film out of virtually nothing.
Mandt directs and acts with great zest and contagious, unpretentious good cheer.
Terrifically shot, and brimming with equal parts snarky heart and the most well-duh insights since your college senior thesis.
Audience Reviews for Last Stop for Paul
Travelling around the world with these two work buddies is a memorable experience. Poignant and funny at times, it's not quite all-out-awesome, but still manages to hit a mark, especially because of all the crazy people they meet. Really makes me wish I can move forward my travel plans. Don't miss the bloopers at the end.
I like indie movies, and I like to travel, but ironically this is a travel movie that goes absolutely nowhere. The plot is a meager excuse to weave some semi-entertaining travel yarns together and lacks a conflict, purpose or goal. The generous reviewers giving this one four or five stars must have never seen the Travel Channel, National Geographic, or vacationed outside the Winconsen Dells. Better travel movies to watch instead are The Beach, Around the World in 80 Days, Summer Lovers and National Lampoon's Vacation.
There is no great acting in this movie. The plot is sketchy. The characters are nothing special. But somehow, by the time the credits roll, you get a pretty warm, fuzzy feeling inside about what just transpired in front of you. "Last Stop" documents the travels of two friends, who embark on a global journey to spread the ashes of the recently departed Paul. Their trip includes stops in Thailand, Peru, Greece, and Japan. But more about the people they meet, and what they learn about themselves and the world as they travel. This film may not be that memorable, but it won't remind you of anything you've seen before either. The characters are all very realistic, warm, and familiar. You might even want to tag along with them on their next trip. No film festival awards here. Just good hotel-spun, feel good stuff that’s great fare for traveling folks.
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