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Paper Man (2009)

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A washed-up writer forms an unlikely friendship with a teenager from Long Island.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Kudrow ... Claire Dunn
Jeff Daniels ... Richard Dunn
Ryan Reynolds ... Captain Excellent
Emma Stone ... Abby
Kieran Culkin ... Christopher
Hunter Parrish ... Bryce
Eric Gilliland Eric Gilliland ... UPS Guy
Louis Rosario Louis Rosario ... Bryce's Posse
Conrad Wolfe Conrad Wolfe ... Bryce's Posse
Arabella Field ... Lucy
Chris Parnell ... Peter
Brian T. Finney ... Mike
Brian Patrick Russell ... Dave (as Brian Russell)
Jill Shackner ... Sophomore Girl
Violet O'Neill Violet O'Neill ... Makeout Girl
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A coming-of-middle-age comedy that chronicles the unlikely friendship between failed author Richard Dunne and a Long Island teen who teaches him a thing or two about growing up, all under the disapproving eye of his long-suffering wife and his imaginary Superhero friend. Written by Anonymous

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It's grow-up time. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Second film that Emma Stone and Lisa Kudrow appear in together; the other is Easy A (2010). See more »

Goofs

Right after Richard thanks the park ranger and goes on riding his bicycle, the camera operator's shadow is seen, cast on Richard's waist. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Richard and Claire arrive by car to a house]
Richard Dunn: Pictures didn't do it justice.
Claire Dunn: Oh!
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Whoa (The Yodel Song)
Written by Paul Guy Shelton, II,
John Dennis, Phamous & Chicken Soup
Performed by Kid Brother Feat. Phamous
Courtesy of Kid Brother Music
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A hidden gem
16 July 2011 | by bdgill12See all my reviews

On the verge of separation from his wife and crippled by harrowing writer's block, Richard Dunn (Jeff Daniels) settles himself into a friend's summer cottage to work on his second novel. His only companion is Captain Excellent (Ryan Reynolds), a Superman-like superhero who exists only in Richard's mind. Solitude doesn't seem to do the trick, however, and he soon finds himself looking for ways to procrastinate. On a trip into town, he meets and befriends Abby (Emma Stone), a local teenager with a haunted past and only one real friend, a strange boy named Christopher (Kieran Culkin). The two become an unlikely pair and begin to spend more time with each other against the advice of both Captain Excellent and Christopher. Soon Richard is forced to question his life, his relationships, and his profession.

This is a difficult movie to sum up. In essence, "Paper Man" is all about relationships and human interaction, though that may seem difficult to comprehend given that one of the characters is a figment of another's imagination. And yet the interconnecting relationships of Richard and Excellent, Abby and Christopher, and Richard and Abby serve as an illustration of human needs and co-dependence. None of the main characters are complete persons and as such, each needs the other. Directors Kieran and Michele Mulroney give us carefully crafted, well-honed characters that rarely stray from their tendencies as they grow together and therefore, apart. Likewise, all of the leads give outstanding performances and fit their roles perfectly. Daniels and Stone display a natural chemistry that embraces the oddness of their relationship. For perhaps the first time ever, Richard and Abby are allowed to be themselves in each other's company and that comes through beautifully. Stone, in particular, is perhaps more vulnerable and authentic here than in any other movie she's been a part of. Only Lisa Kudrow feels out of place as Richard's overachieving wife, a one-dimensional character who at times fits a tired cliché than she does embrace real humanity. That's more than a bit of a disappointment given than none of the other characters or their interactions stray into the cliché abyss. "Paper Man" is quirky and original with dark overtones that give it depth and edge and a tremendous collection of talent that doesn't go to waste. Quite frankly, I loved this movie and found myself drawn to it with more intensity than just about any film I've seen recently.

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English

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,613, 25 April 2010

Gross USA:

$13,514

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,514
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