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Family Movie Review: Paradise (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13       Length: 86 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 14+. The movie is about a small-town religious girl going to Las Vegas to rebel against her upbringing, so there’s some implied sexual content and discussions about sex, including a glimpse of a pornographic magazine and a conversation with a wise female escort in a bathroom; drinking; cursing; and themes about death and living life to the fullest. But the movie tries to have its cake and eat it, too, by mocking hardline religious and conservative beliefs but also ultimately failing to follow through on questioning their validity.

Casting missteps, a thoroughly trite storyline, and a frustrating overall message plague ‘Paradise,’ the directorial debut of ‘Juno’ screenwriter Diablo Cody. Without any clear point, the movie does no one involved with it any favors.

By Roxana Hadadi

The more Julianne Hough tries to be a serious actress, the less tolerable she becomes. And the more Diablo Cody tries to be a serious Hollywood force, the less original she seems. They’re a perfect pair, then, for Cody’s directorial debut “Paradise,” about a young woman named Lamb who survives a plane crash, decides to leave her religious upbringing behind, and travel to Las Vegas to experience all the sin she’s missed out on. What happens is about as clichéd as you would expect.

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