Paradise

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  • Summary: 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 herLamb 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. Expand

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  2. Negative: 5 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    Oct 15, 2013
    57
    A directorial debut composed of many of the filmmaker’s trademarks (strong women, pop cultural-heavy dialogue, a difficult subject matter made light by way of wit) that still manages to disappoint when it comes to the final product.
  2. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Oct 17, 2013
    50
    Cody’s satiric knocks on Christians couldn’t be more blundering and obvious. Yet her dialogue is often funny, and the unusual three-way friendship is refreshing. Even former star Brand has learned to dial back his manic mugging, though maybe not quite enough.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Oct 14, 2013
    50
    The film smartly avoids the sort of cynical hijinks that characterize the majority of Vegas-set flicks, though it can't come up with anything more compelling to place in its stead.
  4. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Oct 22, 2013
    50
    By the way, for reasons nobody bothers to explain, Las Vegas is played by New Orleans. Go figure.
  5. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Oct 15, 2013
    42
    The concept is rich with potential to offend yet after a promising opener Cody doesn't seem interested.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Oct 13, 2013
    40
    Cody shows promise as a director, paving over the bumpy patches with clever song choices, but needs to mix things up if she hopes to continue.
  7. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Oct 15, 2013
    20
    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.

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  1. Oct 18, 2013
    5
    I love Julianne Hough so I went to see this movie. Needless to say I was a little disappointed- the storyline was very predictable & actingI love Julianne Hough so I went to see this movie. Needless to say I was a little disappointed- the storyline was very predictable & acting was so-so. You know when you go to a movie and you're so involved in the story that you forget they are acting- I was hoping for this but it was just the opposite. Save your money. Expand

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