Last Stop for Paul (2006)

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Two buddies set out on a low-budget road trip that will take them around the world in this independent comedy drama. Charlie and Cliff are two close friends who work together selling bathroom supplies. Charlie loves to travel and spends as much time as he can seeing the world on the cheap; Cliff, however, gets nervous about the prospect of going far away from home, and while he often promises to tag along with Charlie, he never does it. However, when Charlie proposes that they go to Thailand for the annual Full Moon Party, the request coincides with the passing of Cliff's old buddy Paul. Paul had been planning a global journey at the time of his death, and Cliff decides to honor his friend's wishes by scattering Paul's ashes in the four corners of the earth. With two weeks available, Charlie and Cliff set out to visit as many nations as humanly possible, scamming room and board whenever they can, and releasing a bit of Paul's remains at every stop. Shot on locations around the world with a minimal crew and locals playing themselves at most stops, Last Stop for Paul was written and directed by Neil Mandt, a veteran television producer with a background in sports programming.
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PG-13 (for some drug use, sexual content and a disturbing image)
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Comedy
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Cast

Neil Mandt
as Charlie
Marc Carter
as Cliff
Eric Wing
as Craig
Pong
as Thai Boat Driver
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Critic Reviews for Last Stop for Paul

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

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.

Full Review… | September 19, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 8, 2008
New York Post
Top Critic

Simply an ingenious way of constructing a good film out of virtually nothing.

Full Review… | March 6, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Mandt directs and acts with great zest and contagious, unpretentious good cheer.

March 6, 2008
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Terrifically shot, and brimming with equal parts snarky heart and the most well-duh insights since your college senior thesis.

Full Review… | April 9, 2008
Film Journal International

Whatever comic misadventures he set out to commit to film on his shoestring budget, [director] Mandt proves again and again in Last Stop for Paul that he was ready when the time came.

Full Review… | March 10, 2008
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Last Stop for Paul

½

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.

Zulhilmi Ghouse
Zulhilmi Ghouse
½

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.

P Davidson
P Davidson
½

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.

Mark Burns
Mark Burns

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