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Paper Towns (2015)

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After an all-night adventure, Quentin's lifelong crush, Margo, disappears, leaving behind clues that Quentin and his friends follow on the journey of a lifetime.

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Jake Schreier

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Scott Neustadter (screenplay by), Michael H. Weber (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nat Wolff ... Quentin
Cara Delevingne ... Margo
Austin Abrams ... Ben
Justice Smith ... Radar
Halston Sage ... Lacey
Jaz Sinclair ... Angela
Cara Buono ... Mrs. Jacobsen
Meg Crosbie ... Ruthie Spiegelman
Josiah Cerio ... Young Quentin
Hannah Alligood ... Young Margo
Griffin Freeman ... Jase
Caitlin Carver ... Becca
RJ Shearer ... Chuck
Susan Macke Miller ... Mrs. Spiegelman
Tom Hillmann ... Mr. Spiegelman
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Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green, PAPER TOWNS is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears - leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship - and true love. Written by 20th Century Fox

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The town was paper, but the memories were not See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some language, drinking, sexuality and partial nudity - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ciudades de papel See more »

Filming Locations:

North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,650,140, 26 July 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,000,304

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$85,512,300
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jake Schreier, director of the movie, had said that Cara Delevingne's audition for the role of Margo was 'something special'. See more »

Goofs

Q says (in voice over) that Margo never made it to school "that day, or the next, or the next." He tells the detective that the last time he saw her was Wednesday night for a few minutes. That would make the first day she missed school Thursday, followed by Friday and on the third day - Saturday - these is no school. See more »

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Quentin Jacobsen: And for Margo? I heard someone say she was in the resurrection of a play on Broadway. I heard another person say She was giving surfing lessons off the coast of the Bahamas. But I stopped listening to those stories. Because whatever Margo is doing, wherever she is now, I'm sure it's something special. But hey... That's her story to tell.
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Fantastic first act but only downhill from there
6 October 2015 | by stephendaxterSee all my reviews

Paper Towns is another coming-of-age story about Quentin and his neighbour Margo and how here mysterious disappearance sends Quentin on a journey to find her through clues she left behind for him. Now i love a good coming-of-age story, so when one is done right and is new and interesting it will probably be something i choose to watch more than once. Unfortunately this will not be one i am eager to re-watch but it is still a good, strong attempt at one of these films but it seems to get lost a few times along the way in terms of its storytelling. I'll start with the characters and performances, because i feel they were definitely the best parts of the film and added so much to making the film pretty enjoyable. Nat Wolff was great at playing Quentin, a shy awkward guy who had a signs of a lot of personality but needed the right people to bring it out. You really get to connect with his character as they made him come across as very real and not like a character per se. I may say that often but there are so many young actors really showing off their best stuff in these smaller personal films. Cara Delevingne was also great as Margo who was also quite odd and mysterious but was also very out there and confident at the same time, a great contrast to Nat's character. The rest of the supporting cast were also well acted, their distinct personalities were at times used for some cheap comedic relief but also had a greater purpose in adding to the complexity of our main character.

The first act of this film is really where the film gets to shine. You get the introduction to these characters (Quentin and Margo) and get to see their relationship and how it has changed and affected both these characters in the lead up to the events in the film. Watching them interact and bond was fascinating and charming at times and was a really good lead up into the events of the second act and understanding their actions. It was fun, light-hearted and was setting itself up for something great. All of the events so far had a fluid lead in to the second act which became more of a mysterious adventure whilst still trying to maintain that fun element somewhat unsuccessfully. The events of the first act are what get you through the very long second act that could have been cut down like 20 minutes. The second act was more focused on building up Quentin's character and having him face some tough and new decisions in his life. Although it was interesting and you do want to see where his character goes it was a noticeable step down from the fun light-hearted enjoyment in the beginning. There was this great interesting relationship set up and you are eager to find out how the film ties everything together, then you reach the third act and all of the storytelling falls apart.

For certain characters, their actions and reactions seem somewhat justified but for some others they just felt like another character entirely. There was nothing in the second act that really explained how or why these characters made such a drastic change in reasoning or personality. They try to explain it in the dying minutes but it was very rushed and didn't fit with the rest of the film. The problem was that there was no real progression from the events of the beginning to the events in the end for some characters and that led me to believe that the writers/directors knew how to approach certain sections but were completely lost for others. I believe, they knew how they wanted the film to begin and how to introduce these characters, and they also knew how they wanted it to end and what themes they wanted to explore. But what they didn't know was how to show that transition, and when a film has the beginning, and has the end it can be hard to fill in the guts of the film afterwards and show a distinct character progression. That's just my theory but whatever happened the storytelling was a bit of a mess.

That being said, it was still a good enjoyable film that tried too hard to be different or maybe not hard enough. It had great characters and performances, a fantastic first act, an interesting second act and a third act that didn't live up to what the rest of the film was building up to. Humour didn't really work that often but kept the film from becoming too dark, and there were signs of emotion but nothing that really affects you. In the end, it's enjoyable but there are better coming-of-age films out there (Boyhood / Me and Earl and the Dying Girl). - 6.3


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