As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. A freelance sleuth neighbor moves Don to embark on a cross-country search for his old flames in search of answers.
Two innocent people are arrested. An interesting third person, with broken English, joins them in their cell. On his idea, they decide to escape from the prison. Their journey is the rest of the movie.
Exactly one week in the life of a young man named Paterson of Paterson, New Jersey is presented. He lives an extremely regimented and routinized life, that routine perhaps most vividly displayed by the fact that he is able to wake up at exactly the same time every day without an alarm. That life includes eating Cheerios for breakfast, walking to work carrying his brown bag lunch packed in his lunch pail by his wife Laura, having a casual chat with his colleague Donny before he begins his shift driving the #23 Paterson bus for the local public transit company, walking home where he straightens out the exterior mailbox which somehow during the day gets knocked crooked, eating dinner with Laura and listening to her goings-on of the day, taking Laura's English bulldog Marvin - who he would admit to himself he doesn't much like - out for a walk to his neighborhood bar where he has one and only one beer before walking home with Marvin. There are day to day variations which are often the ... Written by
Adam Driver went to bus driving school for his role in the film. Production crew was arranging for Driver to get a bus license, and while they were trying to organize it, he on his own figured it out and was already in the school. See more »
In "Glow", Paterson writes about 'going downstairs to put the coffee on'. However, he lives in a one story house. See more »
Paterson, you still don't got a cell phone?
Uh, no. No, I don't want one. It would be a leash.
What about the better half, she got one?
She's got one, yeah. And the laptop, and an iPad...
She doesn't want you to get one?
No. She's okay about it. She understands me really well.
A lucky guy.
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I really wanted to like this film. The trailer looked interesting but it was just awful. Like a few others that have reviewed it, it really was like Groundhog Day. I usually like a character study or relationship study in a film but this one just had no point and no plot. Bus driver who writes poetry with quirky girlfriend who paints weird designs on everything she sees. And lots of shots of Paterson, New Jersey. That's the movie. Adam Driver does a good job with the script he was given. I thought it might be a little like Garden State (actually Driver reminds me a little like Zach Braff). Very disappointed. Had high hopes.
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