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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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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!
Richard Dunn (Jeff Daniels) is a married novelist with a case of writer's block. His surgeon wife, Claire (Lisa Kudrow) or as he calls her, "The Doctor" takes him away to a small house in a little town to propel his writing forward and leaves him there. He brings along an unusual sidekick which is his imaginary friend, "Captain Excellent" (Ryan Reynolds). These two have been cohorts since grammar school, and Richard calls upon him in all types of situations. Or, will he show up on his own?
While dredging on with trying to write, Richard decides to take a bike ride to clear his head. He pulls a child-size bicycle from the garage and cruises quite oddly into town. This is where we meet Emma Stone during her breakout performance as "Abby". She's a loner, in need of a friend while Richard is of the same mind. He decides to hire her as a babysitter for no apparent reason and she comes to his home that evening while he leaves. She realizes that there is no baby present and goes along with this and all of Richard's various oddities that 'the doctor' never can understand. They soon develop a lovely and communicative friendship grounded in loneliness at first, then finding solace and comfort while talking with each other. Spending time together and learning quickly how alike they truly are, they establish a rapid rapport. Both are vastly misunderstood, quirky and extremely imaginative while viewing their individual stories unfold.Read more ›
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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Dunno if I find the movie completely credible, or, much. But it is enjoyable.Published 3 months ago by David M Gorfine
A strange movie that at first makes you hope there's a good ending, but give it a chance to get in. A confused friendship that leads, in the end to someone worth knowing, worth... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Shylie Kay
I loved this movie. I thought it had a great story line that was interesting and comical yet touching and emotional.Published 11 months ago by jess gondolfo
Perhaps the best indie film I've ever seen. Filled with a great cast, Ryan Reynolds is his normal funny and talented self.Published 11 months ago by tony