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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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Diablo Cody

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Diablo Cody

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julianne Hough ... Lamb Mannerheim
Holly Hunter ... Melanie Mannerheim
Nick Offerman ... Doug Mannerheim
Phil Austin ... Pastor Rick
Ignatz Gerard Kiefer III Ignatz Gerard Kiefer III ... Bass Player
Colby Davis Kiefer Colby Davis Kiefer ... Drummer
Evan Stoudt Evan Stoudt ... Piano Player
Taylor Noble Taylor Noble ... Guitar Player
Maz Jobrani ... Vegas Driver
Sarah Colonna ... Clerk
Gabe Begneaud Gabe Begneaud ... Frat Guy #1
Zac Waggener Zac Waggener ... Frat Guy #2
Tracy Wilson Tracy Wilson ... Cute Girl #1
Bayley Martíne ... Cute Girl #2 (as Bayley Brunnmeier)
Tony Cordell 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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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lamb of God See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Mandate Pictures See more »
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Diablo Cody's directorial debut See more »

Goofs

Although Lamb (Julienne Hough) claims to be from Montana, she is seen sitting on a white sand beach apparently at an ocean beach. Montana has none of these beaches, the state is no where near the ocean. 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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Connections

References The Green Mile (1999) See more »

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Baddest Chic
Written by Sarai Howard, Bryan Spitzer, Yusef Jackson and Ali Dee (as Ali Theodore)
Performed by M86 The Phoenix
Courtesy of DeeTown Entertainment
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Sweet concept with some amusing scenes. 4/10
19 September 2015 | by leonblackwoodSee all my reviews

Review: Although the jokes were quite silly, the concept was sweet and the gullible Lamb Mannerhelm really did have a life changing experience in Las Vegas. The storyline follows Lamb Mannerhelms journey into exploring the world after suffering severe burns in an airplane crash. With loads of money at her disposal after the airline pays her out a lump sum, she heads to Las Vegas after denouncing God in church in front of her family and Christian congregation. Whilst in Las Vegas, she becomes friends with William (Russell Brand) who is a bartender in a seedy club. She also becomes friends with Loray whose a singer in the same club and she decides to show her the real Las Vegas. When William finishes his shift, he joins them on there crazy journey and Lamb gets introduced to many different aspects of the world. Its a sweat storyline which is based around people who have to live with a disability and find it hard to go out into the world. With the help of William and Loray, Lamb soon realises that she can do some good for people who also have there own insecurities and money problems, like the prostitute that she meets in the toilet. I would have liked to have seen what the prostitute done with the money but the director chose to cut that element out of the movie. Anyway, I liked the chemistry between Lamb, William and Loray and the progression of her journey was quite enjoyable. I must admit, I was expecting this movie to be really crap but it actually wasn't that bad. Russell Brand was quite toned down compared to a lot of his other performances and he showed a lot of sympathy to Lamb's disability which was a great touch to the storyline. Although the movie didn't get the big budget treatment and it didn't go down well with critics, it still has a very sweet concept which was enjoyable in places. 

Round-Up: Although Julianne Hough, 27, isn't a household name, she has starred in some big movies like Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, Burlesque, Footloose (the remake), Rock of Ages and Safe Haven. There wasn't that much more that she could have done with the role in this movie so I can honestly say that she put in a good performance but I can't really remember her in any of the other movies. She hasn't really got that much in the pipeline in terms of major releases and as this movie didn't do well at the box office, she still has a way to climb before she hits the big time. This is the first movie directed by Diablo Cody, which is why it didn't get a massive distribution budget but she did write Ricki and the Flash which is an upcoming movie with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline, the award winning Juno, the funny Young Adult and the weird Jennifer's Body. Most of the movies that she has directed have definitely touched audiences heart, from an emotional point of view but she hasn't been able to hit the same height as she did in 2007 with Juno. Personally, I think that she done a great job with this movie but it's a shame that it will go under the radar because of its poor ratings.

I recommend this movie to people who are into their emotional comedy/dramas about a young girl who gets injured in a plane crash and leaves her small town to experience the world. 4/10


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