Paper Man (2009)

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A washed-up writer forms an unlikely friendship with a teenager from Long Island.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Gilliland ...
Louis Rosario ...
Bryce's Posse
Conrad Wolfe ...
Bryce's Posse
Arabella Field ...
Brian Patrick Russell ...
Dave (as Brian Russell)
Sophomore Girl
Violet O'Neill ...
Makeout Girl


A coming-of-middle-age comedy that chronicles the unlikely friendship between failed author Richard Dunne and a Long Island teen who teaches him a thing or two about growing up, all under the disapproving eye of his long-suffering wife and his imaginary Superhero friend. Written by Anonymous

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It's grow-up time. See more »


Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 May 2014 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Tempo de Crescer  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$8,613 (USA) (23 April 2010)


$15,388 (USA) (7 May 2010)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Second film that Emma Stone and Lisa Kudrow appear in together. The other being Easy A (2010) See more »


Right after Richard thanks the park ranger and goes on riding his bicycle, the camera operator's shadow is seen, cast on Richard's waist. See more »


[first lines]
[Richard and Claire arrive by car to a house]
Richard Dunn: Pictures didn't do it justice.
Claire Dunn: Oh!
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Whoa (The Yodel Song)
Written by Paul Guy Shelton, II,
John Dennis, Phamous & Chicken Soup
Performed by Kid Brother Feat. Phamous
Courtesy of Kid Brother Music
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Quite amazing.
13 August 2010 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

Alright, well I sat down to watch this movie without having a single clue as to what it was all about. I hadn't read anything about it, heard anything about it, or even googled it. I just sat down and watched it. I had expected it to be in the comedy corner, but it sort of isn't a comedy at all. Nor would I say it is a classic drama, but more of a movie about growing as people and coming to terms with whom and what you are.

The story in "Paper Man" is very warm, heartfelt and straight forward. It moves forward in a good pace, and you are never left bored throughout the course of the movie. Now, the movie is obviously kept afloat by the superb acting performances of Jeff Daniels and Emma Stone. I think this is one of the best roles I have ever had the pleasure of seeing Jeff Daniels in. Not saying that his previous work is bad, just that this is outstanding. And Emma Stone worked so well opposite Daniels in her role, despite being that much younger than Daniels.

The role of Ryan Reynolds, well it was essential to the movie, although I think it would have worked better with an unknown actor for that role. But still, Reynolds is not a bad actor, but he didn't really shine through in this role, at least not for me. Lisa Kudrow performed adequately as well, although it did seem like her character didn't come off as strong on the screen as it was intended.

You might think a movie like this would be for a female audience, but I found it to be very nice, as a guy. The story is captivating and the performances are good. The story is not at any point too sassy, and at the end of the movie, you come to appreciate the movie for what it is. A unique piece of cinema about how people grow.

This is definitely not a movie you should let pass you by. Do yourself the favor and sit down to watch it (with or without your significant other). This is a very, very nice movie.

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