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Postmark Paradise (2000)

R | | Comedy | 3 March 2000 (USA)
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The Dirty Shame is the only bar in the small town of Paradise, Michigan. A burnt out, chain-smoking fortyish bar maid is the only waitress at The Dirty Shame. A group of local red necks ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
... Reenie
... Viktoria
Vincent Angelini ... Jake
Randall Godwin ... Chick
... Matt
Elmer Cardinal ... Red Dog
Donald Phelan ... Bud
Bill Selzer ... Sweeney
... Merle
Joanee Schreves ... Beautician
... Photographer (as Richard 'Rocky' Rector)
Anne Marie Schreiber ... Newscaster


The Dirty Shame is the only bar in the small town of Paradise, Michigan. A burnt out, chain-smoking fortyish bar maid is the only waitress at The Dirty Shame. A group of local red necks conspiring to bring a mail order bride to their Midwest town for their ne'er-do-well leader set the story in motion. These red necks trick Viktoria, a beautiful, bright girl from Ukraine, into coming to their town. The fact that her husband-to-be is a yet to be reformed misogynist twice her age, puts a kink in Viktoria's plan to start a new life in America. When Reenie reluctantly takes the new girl in, she discovers Viktoria has no ticket home. Trying to help Viktoria earn her way home, Reenie finds a less than willing pupil in the ways of middle America life. As the two women struggle to overcome barriers in language, culture, age, and life experience, strong bonds of friendship form. As each crafts their respective versions of the American dream, Paradise and those inhabit it, adapt to Viktoria more... Written by B. Elliot Grysen <bgrysen@grysen.com>

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The next time these boys import a Russian bride, maybe they'll know what to expect.



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Rated R for brief language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

3 March 2000 (USA)  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scriptwriter, Dan Slider, has a brief cameo in the film, albeit in a photograph. Slider was Rita's "Husband #3", the husband with whom Rita bore a child. See more »


Embroidered Rooster
Writer unknown, Centuries old Russian folk song
Russian Lyrics adopted by:
Natalia Nazarova
Arrangement by Orbert Davis
Produced by Orbert Davis and Mark Ingram for Orbark Productions, Chicago, IL
Sung by Natalia Nazarova from her debut
world Album 'Listen With your Heart'
Patrick J. Ferreri, acoustic, Balalaik Nylm-String
Larry Gray, bass
David Jones, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute
Leddie Garcia, percussion
Rachel Handlin, violin
David Belden, violin
Claudia Lasareff-Mironoff, viola
Peter Szczepanek, cello
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Charming, quirky small film
5 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

Recommended for those who like thoughtful, surprising film fare. To this viewer, it is somewhat reminiscent of Local Hero. Not recommended for adrenalin junkies or those who thrive on sophomoric humor. I gave it a 7, though might change my vote to 8 over time. (I've never given a 10, and very few 9's.)

At the time of this writing, there are 21 votes in the rating. Unweighted average is 8.1, weighted average is 2.9. Two votes are "1", one each for 5 and 6, all others are 7 or over. Three votes by males 18-29 average 1.2, presumably weighted or it would be mathematically impossible (1+1+5)/3 = 2 1/3. I've often wondered about the secret algorithms for weighted averages. By this film, it seems apparent that 2 males 18-29 carry more weight than all other demographics combined (19 votes). Sigh.

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