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Paradise (2013)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 18 October 2013 (USA)
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After surviving a plane crash a young conservative woman suffers a crisis of faith.

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Melanie Mannerheim
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Pastor Rick
Ignatz Gerard Kiefer III ...
Bass Player
Colby Davis Kiefer ...
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Evan Stoudt ...
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Taylor Noble ...
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Vegas Driver
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Clerk
Gabe Begneaud ...
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Zac Waggener ...
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Tracy Wilson ...
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Cute Girl #2 (as Bayley Brunnmeier)
Tony Cordell ...
Nasty Little Man
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Lamb Mannerheim's faith is shaken after a plane crash burns two-thirds of her body, and she shocks her small-town congregation when she publicly renounces God. As she sets out to experience the worldly pleasures of Las Vegas, she meets a bartender and a cynical lounge singer who help her check off as many dirty deeds as possible from her Napkin of Sin bucket list. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for sexual material, substance abuse, some language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Lamb of God  »

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Diablo Cody's directorial debut See more »

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Although Lamb (Julienne Hough) claims to be from Montana, she is seen sitting on a white sand beach apparently at an ocean beach. Montana has none of these beaches, the state is no where near the ocean. See more »

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[first lines]
Lamb Mannerheim: This is me, before the accident.
[standing in the ocean in a sundress]
Lamb Mannerheim: And here's me after I was barbecued in jet fuel.
[sitting on the beach completely covered]
Lamb Mannerheim: The old-me was content, virtuous; believed in everything.
Lamb Mannerheim: [sundress] Marshmallow.
Lamb Mannerheim: What an idiot.
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.204 (2013) See more »

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Milky White Way
Written by Lander Coleman
Performed by Julianne Hough and Ignatz Gerard Kiefer III, Colby Davis Kiefer, Evan Stoudt and Taylor Noble
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Surprising Gem
2 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Bravo to Diablo Cody - this film is not for those looking for fast cars, explosion, raucous sex and heads hitting the screen even though most of the scenes take place in Las Vegas. This film is more gentle than the sarcasm in Juno and the main character is much more innocent and benign than in Young Adult. I have only seen Julianne Hough in Safe Haven, but she brought Lamb's crises of faith to life with a believable mix of emotions and believable physical and emotional suffering after a personal and physical tragedy. The opening scene of her denouncing the conservative culture of her cloistered, religious community is hilarious and an effective set up for why Lamb chooses Vegas as her travel destination. Although the humor and drama is more tame after that, I enjoyed traveling on Lamb's journey as she ventures to Las Vegas, NV, "Satan's adult playground", to begin taking control her life and experiencing the world beyond her small town. I loved the genuine scene as she is approaching the zip line launch pad and she exclaims, "I'm so excited" as her friends are reluctant - it was the embodiment of youth and invulnerability which her character hadn't had in a while. This was the first time I'd seen Russell Brand and Octavia Spencer, and I enjoyed the unveiling of the relationship between their very likable and appealing William and Loray - for people at a waystation in life and in the underbelly of the service industry, forming familial bonds is one of the touching things that gets you through. And although the script shows us that Loray is sarcastic and avoidant, and William is a bit of player but with a good heart, it's in the gentle safety of their bond that they decide to be Lamb's guardian angels for the night, and in the process evolve a bit more themselves. Their kindness and flow is a contrast to the detached Amber in the somewhat awkward bathroom scene when Lamb realizes she has overdone it, but this shows Lamb (or the viewers) they are truly her friends and as she shares once they find her again in the overwhelming crowd, "Not everyone's wounds are on the outside." I found it completely refreshing that William protected Lamb's innocence when she made a pass, and there were no gunshots or car explosions. Nick Offerman and Holly Hunter were comical in their unfortunately, accurate perception of conservative and religious America that tunes out any people or information that might challenge or enlighten their beliefs (and this is part of what makes the script, and Diablo Cody, clever and smart) but Lamb gains the confidence through her suffering and Las Vegas experience to love them anyway and literally soar beyond their confines to live her life to the fullest and help others. A surprising gem and pleasure to watch, even an inspiring reminder that life is short and the world is big, so get to it. As William says at 4am to an exhausted and confused Lamb, "There are more places than the extremes of where you're from and Las Vegas on the continuum, you know."


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