Just finished watching Paper Man and I wanted to express what a great film I think this is. From beginning to end the movie is touching and full of sublime humor. Sometimes happy, and sometimes sad, the emotional weight leaves you feeling for all of the characters. Jeff and Emma turn in fantastic performances and Ryan's presence brought a smile to all of his scenes. Anyone who has ever felt a bit lost in life will instantly connect with this film, it is inspiring and reminds us that great movies can still be about the little things and characters in all of us. For a debut film, the <more>
directors are off to a great start, we need movies like this to remind us that film can still be an art, and does not always have to be about CGI blowouts.
When the world is in peril, When Evil surrounds you ... (by RainbowCastel)
No matter your sex or what is your age difference, when you find a friend, if it is sincere, you have found one.A one you can cherish, take care of, and don't listen to others prohibiting you of, because of rules and rules.Hat's off to Writers, Directors, Jeff Daniels and Emma Stone. Emma, please give your DNA to a sort of preservation bank, perhaps we or our kids get a chance of having your clone as a friend or more if it worked out ; A small movie like this, playing with your imagination, emotions and feelings, up to this level? This must be either a proof to talents or something <more>
just ran off the normal Hollywood's crap line of production accidentally! /sWant to witness real talent, feeling yourself in their place? Then this is your chance to appreciate a rare feel good movie, so real, you think you are Richard Dunn. obviously I'm a male! I'm still looking back at the cupboard waiting the fantastic Ryan Reynolds as Captain Excellent to jump out of it!I wish one day I could find a friend like Abby, giving some sense to my life.Thank you for such a movie. These are the ones we support with our pockets not those 200 Gazillion Dollar ones targeted only for money and as empty as the popcorn box or the cola bottle at the end.Open a bottle of wine, and taste this movie with, preferably a Friend.Cheers!
2 very different people find a connection that helps them heal within and move on from what was stopping them in the past. (by farahhafidh)
I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by how great this movie was. I did not expect it to be so heart whelming. The acting from both Emma Stone and Jeff Daniels was incredible, they brought their characters to life and their chemistry was endearing. The storyline was beautifully displayed, very interesting and definitely NOT boring. You get to see how two very different yet very similar people develop a friendship that not many would understand. Not only does it show them growing more into their character but it also shows them growing together as almost one. All in all,great movie! <more>
Seriously from the start I noticed the director capturing winter and very precisely up to the end. This movie was a very good feeling movie with a great message as well. It starts out as a cliché with the writer going into isolation to write his book but he brings his imaginary friend along Captain Excellence or Excellent can't quite remember, and does not write a single word. The captain is very amusing at times, but anyways Jeff Danial's character runs into Abby Emma Stone who also has an imaginary friend. The two are both friendless in a way and begin to develop an odd <more>
relationship that to some may seem odd at first but as the film goes on it gets better, except the end. The end was well you will have to watch an see, upsetting in a way because I wanted it to go a different way but instead it went in another direction one more sad per say. I would have to recommend everyone to watch this film it was very emotional and fun at the same time, from me, a person who doesn't like too emotional movies. Only chose to watch it because I saw Jeff Danial's in the credits, it's a sad thing this movie is so under rated/viewed. This is one of those movies you'll always remember, I know I will.
This is a movie with a stellar cast, who have some of their best performances of their careers espacially Jeff Daniels and Emma Stone . Though is it pretty funny at times, it's definitely no comedy. It's mainly a drama, with a stong indie feel to it, where the plot isn't that important. It really touched me and I had to let the movie sink in for a while. The soundtrack is absolutely wonderful and complements the film very well. I absolutely fail to see why this move has such a low rating, I guess it's because people expectet a comedy or a romcom, which it really isn't. I <more>
just think it best to watch this movie without expectations and emerse yourself in it.
Absolutely Charming and Poignant (by archergal918)
Never heard of this film, and here in 2018 I came across it on a streaming service. I decided to give it a watch because of the cast - some of my favorites including Jeff Daniels, Ryan Reynolds and Lisa Kudrow. Emma Stone is quite special in her role as a young lady with so many cares in this world. Jeff Daniels is at his very disarming best, I think. I laughed out loud many a time, mostly with Captain Excellent oh Ryan, you have such great comic timing . If you've ever felt a bit lost in life and wondered what now, I think you'll find kindred spirits in this lovely film.
A Quirky Midlife Crisis (by caseyklug)
This film is a very interesting first attempt at directing by the duo of Michele and Kieran Mulroney. First of all, I would say that in terms of the acting, the direction of this film brought out the best from this great cast. Jeff Daniels was able to convey a multi-dimensional personality and was able to shift his emotions quickly in a scene, while Emma Stone gave a commendable performance by his side as well. Overall the acting of the film was spot-on, though my biggest gripe might be with Ryan Reynolds role in the film. There seemed to be a sense that his role was stretched out more for an <more>
extended though entertaining gag than for functionality, but overall he brought humor to the film. The most comically golden moments of the film didn't come through Reynolds though who couldn't keep up because of both writing and acting talent with Daniels in my opinion. Visually the film was fairly straight forward. Nothing too crazy, nothing too edgy, a very functional look. The film focused visually on some smaller details and occasional interesting camera placements but in comparison to the unconventional narrative and great performances it wasn't the most noticeable thing happening. It's hard for me to say too much more about the film without getting into the realm of serious spoilers so I'll just say if you're into the whole Sundance-esquire comedy and in this case, literally helped along by Sundance's workshops , and if you're fortunate enough for this film to make it to your city you should check it out, it's a strong film that maybe only suffers the occasional fate of getting lost in itself, but in a way that can be charming as it never loses focus for too long.
The first time I played this movie I fell asleep right after it started and almost didn't replay it the next day because what little I remember of it wasn't too impressive. I would have missed one of the better movies I've seen in some time.Like a lot of indie films it wasn't cookie cutter Hollywood but also unlike a lot of indie films it had some real acting talent. I had seen Emma Stone in Easy A for the first time and enjoyed her in that role but didn't see any exceptional talent so I was really amazed at the performance she gave in this movie as it was a much deeper <more>
and complicated role. You don't realize how good she is until you've seen the whole film and finally understand the undercurrent that has been present throughout. Jeff Daniels is a veteran actor and it was hard to tell at first if he was filling his role but as the film progresses you realize that Richard is a flawed man and has been for a very long time and it has reached a point where it can't continue and Daniels was Richard. The three remaining characters were really only set dressing but they were instrumental in helping flesh out who Richard and Abby really were.Richard, a 40ish writer who has what appears to be writers block meets 17 year old Abby, a not too typical teen. There is an almost instant mutual attraction that develops into a unique friendship that is decidedly not sexual.How this friendship develops and how it affects the rest of the characters is what made this movie so enjoyable. See for yourself. Daniels and Stone were excellent together.This film does require a little effort. There are no throw away scenes so if you don't stay with it and pay attention you will have wasted the effort that the writers and actors put into it and probably won't appreciate it. If you have a short attention span or are hooked on Hollywood then don't bother with this one.
A heartwarming, pleasant surprise! (by TheNorwegianRocker)
Richard Dunn Jeff Daniels is an abortive writer in his 40's. He is unhappily married to Claire Lisa Kudrow , who spends most of the time away from their home because of work, causing Richard to be left alone, feeling lost and lonely and that he has no purpose in life. He has a really annoying fictional friend in superhero Captain Excellent Ryan Reynolds , who dictates his life and who always tells him what to do, and has done so since Richard was a teenager.When Richard impulsively decides to hire a babysitter even though he and Claire doesn't have any kids , he meets teenager <more>
Abby Emma Stone , who it turns out is struggling with many of the same problems as himself, as she is friendless and an only child, and also have this imaginary friend Kieran Culkin who tries to control her. But as they grow an unlikely and close friendship, they also find hope to get their lives on track. Through laughter, deep conversations, and exchanging of fantasies, they change their lives for both good and bad.I hesitated when I saw this movie in the local store while I looked on its cover. It said "Paper Man" with a huge picture of Ryan Reynolds in stupid tights and small pictures of Lisa Kudrow, Emma Stone and Jeff Daniels surrounding it. It took a lot of strength for me to pick up the cover at all...And while they are on with that stupid cover - on the back it said "Jeff Bridges" instead of "Jeff Daniels". I thought: Not very professionally made. And by the way - the first picture on the back shows Daniels riding a grandma's bike. But then again, I am a sucker for friendship stories which I could barely learn it was from the small synopsis on the back , and I also like Jeff Daniels and Ryan Reynolds - and also Emma Stone - a lot from earlier work. So if these actors agreed to involve, it could not be THAT bad. Ergo, I gave it a chance.And what a surprise this movie turned out to be! In fact, I was blown away. I got to see a heart warming, intellectual story with great dialog and for once REAL emotions flashing out of the screen. The manuscript is the best I've seen in a very long time, and I hope it's not long until these Mulroney's does something new. And the thing about Daniels riding a grandma's bike - that turned out to be one of the film's main trademarks, in a good way.Jeff Daniels is fantastic as the depressed and lonely, unhappy married man chasing inspiration and answers, whether it is regarding his new book which he struggles to write, to use an understatement and his life in general, but who finds hope when he meets Stones character. This is something I, to be honest, can partly relate to from my own life experiences, which probably is part of why I liked this as much as I did. Regardless, Daniels was at his very best in this movie.So, he needs a little push in the right direction. Enter Emma Stone, who plays his female contrast. She is very vulnerable, has no real friends, but a very unsympathetic boyfriend. She is also charming and splendid, and Stone played her role tendering and with such great intensity. Her chemistry with Daniels was surprisingly good, despite the age difference between the two. Stone without doubt did her best performance this far - including the highly overrated "Easy A".Ryan Reynolds... Well, he is Ryan Reynolds. With his superb comedic presence and, I have to say, boyish charm, he delivers line after line with such timing that you just have to laugh, no matter how stupid some of the jokes are in reality. In other words - he is fantastic and amazingly funny as Daniels' imaginary friend. And the former child star Kieran Culkin as Stones imaginary ditto is about to become an actor of his own, and was a breath of fresh air. The only complain I have is Lisa Kudrow's character, who was dramaturgically necessary, but poorly written. I never quite felt the frustration she must have had with Richard.I could really not see this coming, but there is nothing like pleasant surprises. And this was definitely one of them. This is the best "dramedy" I've seen since Garden State, and illustrates the importance of having friends you can trust in tough times, and to have a soulmate in your life who just understands you no matter what. I give it a solid 8/10, and it definitely deserves more acknowledgment in my opinion. And I also found out: Never judge a movie by its cover...