Paradise: movie review

If mean-spirited snarksters had set out to trash the reputation of Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody, they couldn’t have done a more vicious job than the Oscar winner herself does with her directorial debut. Julianne Hough is actually the least obnoxious element, playing Lamb, a chirpy Montana teen whose faith is shaken after a plane crash mars her perfect body. Setting out for Las Vegas armed with a ceaseless supply of quips, she becomes the vanilla focal point of a tiresomely sarcastic maturation adventure, in which actors like Holly Hunter and Octavia Spencer renege on their goodwill.

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Release details

Rated: PG-13
Duration: 86 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Diablo Cody
Screenwriter: Diablo Cody
Cast: Julianne Hough
Octavia Spencer
Russell Brand
Holly Hunter
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