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Reel Paradise (2005)

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Former indie film "guru" John Pierson takes his family to Fiji for one year to run the world's most remote movie theater.

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Credited cast:
Georgia Pierson Georgia Pierson ... Herself
Janet Pierson ... Herself
John Pierson ... Himself
Wyatt Pierson Wyatt Pierson ... Himself
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June, 2003. During the final month of their year-long stay in Fiji, indie-film gurus John and Janet Pierson and their two children host a documentary film crew. John's been showing free movies at the 288-seat 180 Meridian Cinema, in remote Natokalan Village on the island of Taveuni. Reality intrudes in paradise: their home is burgled, the local Catholic priest criticizes John's project, their daughter's behavior may be threatening the reputation of her friend, and John's prickly personality follows him. Against this backdrop, the Fijians laugh at the Three Stooges, Buster Keaton, and "Jackass: The Movie." John finishes the year with ten movies in ten days: do movies matter? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, and brief crude humor
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Taveuni, Fiji

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,100, 21 August 2005

Gross USA:

$31,918

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,918
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View Askew Productions See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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John Pierson: Ok, so this is very important to you to get paid $311.28, it's very important for you to have this tomorrow, we sustained our second robbery in your house, tonight's robbery, I believe the total lost will come around fifteen-$10,000. Yeah, so I'll make sure you get your $311.28 tomorrow. I'LL MAKE FUCKING SURE OF IT!
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References Die Another Day (2002) See more »

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Roxie
Written by Fred Ebb and John Kander
Performed by Renée Zellweger
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Funny and entertaining documentary
28 January 2005 | by ArizWldcatSee all my reviews

This is a documentary about John Pierson, a film/TV producer that (to be honest) I had never heard of, who took his family (wife and two children) to Fiji in order to run the "most remote movie theater in the world." I have to admire the family for allowing the film crew to come and film them in their most private moments. They appear to be quite candid and "real" in the documentary, and not mugging for the camera at all. There are many funny moments in this film, and after it was over, I felt as if I knew this family. The young son is quite witty and stole the show, in my opinion. We were thrilled that the family came to the Sundance screening we attended, as it was in Salt Lake City instead of the main location of Park City, and a lot of filmmakers do not bother to attend shows in "the hinterlands." I recommend this one!


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