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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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William
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Carol
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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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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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This is the second feature film where Julianne Hough and Russell Brand star alongside each other, the first of which being Rock of Ages (2012). See more »

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In the club that Loray takes Lamb to, Lamb says she is going to get some water. She goes to the bar and orders water. But then she is shown standing with a glass of something the color of cola. 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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Ladies Knight
Written by Michael Klein, and Ali Theodore
Performed by KleinMaxx
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Inconsistent and amateurish; missed opportunities all over
23 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The initial premise is a good one - how a tragedy can make someone lose his/her faith and the principles on which he/she has based living. And then (about 10 minutes into the movie) it goes off the tracks and devolves into a bad after school special - a really, really bad one.

Lamb (a very bad character name) is supposed to have been protected from the evils of pop culture but when she travels through Vegas she seems to know quite a few pop culture references. The bad girl activities which she undertakes are lame and tame. The "jokes" are even worse…"I'll have the Peach Shnap" as she misreads the bottle behind the bar. Ha Ha.

The backstory for 2 people who befriend her are glossed over - thereby wasting the talents of Octavia Spencer (and maybe Russell Brand if I am being generous in the definition of "talent"). Oh yeah, Lamb's parents (the extremely talented Holly Hunter and Nick Offerman) barely register any screen time or decent dialog and are additional examples of wasted opportunities.

Sure, Lamb grows some through her experiences but it all comes too easily and too readily to her. And the audience can see the resolution way before it happens.

Such a disappointment from a talented writer and director, and a gifted cast so badly misused.


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