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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 ...
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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 ...
Frat Guy #1
Zac Waggener ...
Frat Guy #2
Tracy Wilson ...
Cute Girl #1
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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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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 »

Quotes

[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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Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.57 (2013) See more »

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Cousteau (for Non-Swimmers)
Written by Geoffrey Christopher Rowell
Performed by Warm In The Wake
Courtesy of VU Music
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Even if you're stuck inside recovering from burns, watch something else
5 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

3.9 of 10. No excuses for Diablo Cody with this film. She wrote and directed. Despite doing both, she once again shows she has only a grasp of satire the way a virgin has a grasp of sex. It's an improvement upon the Juno mess, but not much.

Cody seems to have a strength in ideas and setting up gags, but really needs help from a more expert story teller/director so her stories are something more than artificially prolonged Saturday Night Live gags.

As others have pointed out, it starts strong, much like Juno, then Diablo's lack of depth, knowledge, and creativity becomes exposed and turns the film into melodramatic tedium that only someone stuck in a hospital burn unit could enjoy.


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