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Paper Man (2011)

Ryan Reynolds , Emma Stone , Kieran Mulroney , Michele Mulroney  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Jeff Daniels, Lisa Kudrow
  • Directors: Kieran Mulroney, Michele Mulroney
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: January 18, 2011
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003U6SJYU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,620 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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In the tradition of Lost In Translation and The Squid and the Whale, PAPER MAN is a wonderfully quirky drama about people trying desperately to find the same joy in real life as they do in their imagination. Golden Globe and Tony nominee Jeff Daniels stars as
Richard Dunn, a no-hit wonder of a novelist squirreled away in Long Island by his sensible, surgeon wife (Emmy winner Lisa Kudrow) to get cracking on his next novel. Richard isn t totally alone: along for the ride is a local teen (Emma Stone in a breakout performance) who befriends Richard after he hires her to be a babysitter...his babysitter. Plus, there s
Richard s imaginary best friend from childhood, Captain Excellent (Ryan Reynolds), a confidante always ready to prod him along towards adulthood, whether Richard wants it or not. Aching, funny and true, PAPER MAN is a genuinely offbeat gem that marks the
promising debut of writing and directing team Kieran and Michele Mulroney.

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films I've ever seen! December 22, 2010
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Paper Man is quite simply a fantastic movie. I haven't been this emotionally affected by a film since Gran Torino. Emma Stone and Jeff Daniels' characters compliment each other perfectly. One has seemingly never grown up, while the other has been deprived of their childhood. The way that they form such a truly unique friendship and help each other to find out what's missing inside of them, keeping them from moving on with their respective lives, is amazing to watch unfold. These two characters seem very different at first, but you eventually come to find that they rely on the same type of crutch to help them function, albeit not all that well, in normal society. The movie also certainly doesn't take it self too seriously, with just enough moments of levity to keep the story grounded. The movie is a winner from beginning to end and I can attest to the fact that Paper Man stays great through multiple viewings; with it's top-notch acting and unbelievably gripping ending. The ending is one of the most poignant and moving cinematic experiences I've ever had.

Bottom Line: This is the epitome of a 5/5 movie. Buy the DVD/Blu-Ray, watch it, love it, and spread the word to friends and family about this awesome indie film!
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Movie! August 4, 2010
I saw this movie at its premiere at the LA Film Festival and I loved it! It is quirky-funny, poignant and melancholy by turns -- exactly what I want in a film for grownups. The performances are stellar and the story highly original.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome December 24, 2010
What an inventive feature debut for this killer directing duo. Paper Man successfully manages to mix big concept with the feel of an intimate character driven film. A fun, inventive, drama told through a comic frame. Great performances from the whole star-studded cast. A well- observed, tightly knit spiral into a troubled man's psyche, the film takes off fast and doesn't stop until its surprising and tense conclusion. It's refreshing to see indie-style filmmaking coming from such an accomplished cast and crew. Thumbs up for an original and moving soundtrack. Thumbs up for unique concept. Thumbs up for a great, creative partnership from its creators. Netflix it. Amazon it. Enjoy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Layers Of Subtlety February 20, 2013
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This movie made me think on many different levels. The first time I saw it I wasn't sure I liked it, but it got in my head and I started to relate many of the scenes in the movie to life. So, I watched it again and determined it was much better then I originally thought. Richard (Jeff Daniels) makes his first real friend at almost age 50. And Emma Stone (an actress I wasn't terribly crazy about until I saw this film) makes her first real friend when she's 16. Up until then they've both been doing the best they could not knowing really how to cope with the ravages of life except through slightly delusional and weak self affirmative behaviors. After they meet, they are stronger individuals recognizing they don't need to be what the rest of the world is claiming they need to be or even necessarily and more importantly what they thought they needed to be and they'll be OK.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A writer (Daniels) trying to start his second book and find himself meets a local high schooler (Stone) and a friendship is born. Richard (Daniels) has always been different, for one he's in his 40's and has an imaginary friend (Ryan Reynolds). His wife (Lisa Kudrow) drops him off at a house alone in hopes he will finally start his book. Not feeling inspired Richard rides to town and meets Abby (Stone). The mis-matched pair become fast friends and discover more about themselves in the process. I can not say enough good things about this movie. Emma Stone stole this movie, her acting was great and I expect to see awards in her future if she keeps this up. This movie has it all, great humor, writing, acting and is also very moving. Almost instantly you feel sorry for Richard and you really root for him the rest of the movie. Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds really make you feel for them and you are right there with them trying to give Richard the push he needs. The ending is unexpectedly touching and I actually got a little choked up. I honestly could go on all day about how much I liked this movie, it's just a shame movies like this one (where the plot and acting take center stage) don't get the audience they deserve while "Yogi Bear" gets all the attention it can get. Do yourself a favor and watch this, you won't regret it. First time ever...I give it an A+
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beneath the surface... September 28, 2011
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I was a bit reluctant to purchase this movie because some of the reviews intimated that the ending was "tragic". I bought it anyway because I had seen the first 15 minutes of it somewhere and it looked very interesting, so I took a chance even with the warning. What those reviewers failed to realize was that it wasn't a "tragic" ending at all but actually a victorious one. One simply needs to pay attention
to what is "really" happening in the story. Hint: One character is wearing a costume to emphasize his symbolic position while the other is not, yet that does not change the characters symbolism. Sorry if that seems vague but I don't want to make it too obvious to those who have yet to see it but at the same time clarify that the so-called "tragic ending" is a misunderstanding rather than what actually happens in this intimate, probing, revealing, and ultimately healing character study. This is not your typical escapist entertainment movie. It more like a mirror reflecting the more uncomfortable feelings that at some point, most of us experience to one degree or another. So you may call it a 'reflective'character study. I will watch it perhaps 6 more X's over the years and that for me makes it a very good movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Imanginary Friends :)
The Paper Man has some really good actors & actresses in it. The first time I watched it, I fell in love with it, I love reading poems, and short stories, and dissecting them to... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
Great movie! Warm and tender. Great music. My whole family and I love this movie!!
Published 21 days ago by Jeannie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Jeff Daniels AND Ryan Reynolds !
Published 28 days ago by Barbara A.
4.0 out of 5 stars Emma Stone alone worth your time
Emma Stone in her early years in Hollywood showing a depth of talent that comes along only every generation or so.
Published 1 month ago by Carl Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars paper man
loved the movie and emma stone! great reasons and meaning for life and imageary friends. now one of my favorite movies
Published 3 months ago by danielle
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally underrappreciated film
Jeff Daniels + Emma Stone = total on-screen chemistry. I love this story, and Ryan Reynolds is hilarious as Daniels' imaginary friend "Captain Excellent. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I want in a movie...
Engaging plot, idea, humor, great characters and perfect actors for the roles- I didn't know where it was going to take me and I was so happy to see where it ended up. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gina Medlyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny!!!
Good Comedy! Unusual characters. Different comedy style. Ryan looks so young in this movie, and crazy with the blonde blonde hair.
Published 6 months ago by florida mom
4.0 out of 5 stars Jeff and Emma were great
Jeff Daniels and Emma Stone were phenomenal in this May/September friendship dark comedy/drama. Ryan Reynold was pretty ridiculous and added laughs while Lisa Kudrow and Kiernen... Read more
Published 10 months ago by John E McBride
2.0 out of 5 stars Totally contrived nonsense
There were some mildly amusing scenes in the film, but they sprang from a situation too improbable for them to overcome. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Keith Nichols
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