Quirky Character Movie
Starring: Jeff Daniels, Emma Stone, Ryan
Reynolds, Lisa Kudrow, Hunter
Parrish, and Kieran Culkin
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 110 minutes
Distributor: MPI Media Group
Director: Kieran Mulroney and Michele
Executive Producer: Dan Fireman, Darin Friedman
and Lila Yacoub
Producer: Guymon Casady, Richard
Gladstein, Ara Katz, and Art
Writer: Kieran Mulroney and Michele
Address Comments To:MPI Media Group
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Phone: (708) 460-0555
Richard soon encounters Abby (played by Emma Stone), an independent, rebellious teenager, and they are drawn into an awkward platonic friendship that grows into honest compassion and caring. Richard’s wife, Claire, (played by Lisa Kudrow), is a successful surgeon. She tries to support Richard, but the relationship between her husband and the troubled teenager strains their already stretched marriage.
Though all this, Richard is supported by an imaginary friend, super hero Captain Excellent, (played by Ryan Reynolds), who shows up to offer words of support. Abby is supported by her own imaginary friend, an unnamed boy her age who loves her. The friendship between Richard and Abby helps the two of them learn to cope with their inner torments and grow past them.
Written and directed by Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney, PAPER MAN is a product of the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program. Although there are touching and humorous moments, the script and direction are uneven. Performances are heartfelt and sometimes engaging, with a suitably over-the-top performance by Ryan Reynolds as the imaginary Captain Excellent. PAPER MAN is well paced, and the cinematography effectively captures the moody feel of the mentally troubled pair. Overall, the movie conveys the world of these two characters, who grow through their challenges to a point where presumably they will prevail over their own weaknesses and become more whole as human beings, not hindered by their own problems.
Within this quirky drama-comedy, viewers should exercise caution. PAPER MAN contains a firm base in pagan worldview, but it still contains a positive reference to Jesus saving all of humanity. Additionally, the movie encourages the value of honest relationships.
However, there is pervasive foul language, frequent social drinking, an alcohol-saturated bar scene and one teenage keg party (initiated by adult Richard for Abby and her friends), with two violent scenes and one fairly graphic, though clothed, sexual scene. The language is peppered with “f” words, as well as abundant other language, with a character “flipping-off” the camera.
Much of this negative content is unnecessary and hinders what could have been a much more charming and intentionally touching film. Please see the CONTENT section above for a more complete explanation of the objectionable material. PAPER MAN warrants extreme caution.
Although there are touching and humorous moments, PAPER MAN’s script and direction are uneven. The performances are heartfelt and sometimes engaging. Overall, the movie conveys two characters who grow through their challenges. PAPER MAN has a pagan worldview overall, but also contains a positive reference to Jesus. However, there is pervasive foul language, frequent social drinking, an alcohol-saturated bar scene, one teenage keg party, and a depicted sex scene. This negative content is unnecessary and hinders what could have been a much more charming and intentionally touching film.