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  • Noé
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    #190491

    As a coming of age movie, Paper Towns is pretty something.

    Not on point at all times, but when it’s on, man, it’s on point. A nice deconstruction of the manic pixie dream girl archetype while being a buddy comedy/road trip movie disguised as a teen romcom. I guess. Well, as a whole worked to me.

    I really liked Nat Wolff’s performance, carry the story very well with a not so easy lead; and Cara Delevingne is just as fine in a minor but pivotal role with a tricky balance.

    Though the screenplay (or maybe the original source?) could and should be better considering its peaks. 

    Anyway, I didn’t see this coming and it scored some good points from me.
     

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    My review:

    (This could be spoilery but I try my best not to be) 

    I really really really wanted to like this movie but it just doesn’t all flow well. I was a fan of the previous John Green book to film adaptation “The Fault in Our Stars” but this movie seemed to have an awkward transition from page to screen. I have not read the book (and knowing me I probably never will) but it seemed like a lot of the stuff discussed in the movie and even plot points just didn’t mesh well. I think the main problem with the movie is I never once believed the main love story. They only really are together for the first 20 minutes of the movie in one night after 9 years of not speaking to each other and then she disappears and I’m supposed to believe all of a sudden she is the love of his life? That seemed rushed and never found its footing to begin with. It may be a personal thing but I just think Cara Delevingne was not right for this part nor someone I would drive up the entire east coast for. She came off as bland and flat until the very end when we see her again. Nat Wolff was someone who I really enjoyed as a kid on the Nickelodeon show The Naked Brothers Band and never really expected to become a leading man all of a sudden but has surprisingly impressed me with most of the projects he has been in in the last few years like his scene stealing work in Fault in Our Stars. I don’t think the material did him favors for some of the parts to real dive into a great performance like that but he does carry the movie and is charming. I felt the comedy was so forced and never sticked any kind of landing especially coming from Austin Abrams’ character Ben. Justice Smith was very good as were Halston Sage who reminds me of a young Rachel McAdams and seems like she’ll have a nice career ahead of her and Jaz Sinclair was great too but not given a lot to do. There is a great cameo in the middle of the movie that all John Green fans will appreciate plus a lot of nice call backs to the 80’s coming of age movies. The movie finds footing when they go on the road and have moments about where life is taking each other and small moments of friendship bonding and that’s what I wish the movie was more. The whole love story of the movie just pulled it down. Oddly enough, I still would recommend it but there are a lot of frustrating moments in this movie especially the heavy handed and over use of metaphors and boring conversations between Nat and Cara in the first half of the movie. Overall, I blame the writing most of all for what I didn’t like about this movie but most of the performances are worth going to see and I wish more movies like this would be made more frequently these days. 3 1/2 stars  

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    moviefan61794
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    I haven’t seen the film yet, but I’ve read the book. The beginning is great, and then the middle goes to some unexpected places, and then the ending comes along and…well, I won’t go too much into detail (and probably shouldn’t since it’s been a while since I read it). I think people who haven’t read the book will be surprised by the Margo character, specifically how much of a presence she is in the film. There are definitely issues with the story, but as suggested above, I do think they stem from the original material. But I’ll have to see the movie to confirm if that’s so.

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    My sister dragged me to go see this and I hated this movie. I hate Margo becuase she just was just so blah. Meanwhile, my sister was saying “She made him live his life for the moment and experience it and blah blah blah” and I’m like “I’m getting too old for this”. Anyways, Wolf was good though. My grade: D

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    This movie was a pretty big disappointment for me (enough to concern me about the fate of future YA novels becoming films), but I also didn’t care for the book so I didn’t have much expectations. 

    Nat Wolff was the only saving grace for this film, as he is certainly the best actor of the bunch. Cara D. was an upsetting casting choice from the get-go (can we stop turning models into actresses???). She was nothing like I pictured Margo being, from reading the book, and certainly would have preffered someone else. 

    This movie was slow moving and the plot felt quite far-fetched. If you’re looking for a good coming of age film, I’d recommend The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Fault in Our Stars, or Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl. 

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    KyleBailey
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    This movie was a pretty big disappointment for me (enough to concern me about the fate of future YA novels becoming films), but I also didn’t care for the book so I didn’t have much expectations. 

    Nat Wolff was the only saving grace for this film, as he is certainly the best actor of the bunch. Cara D. was an upsetting casting choice from the get-go (can we stop turning models into actresses???). She was nothing like I pictured Margo being, from reading the book, and certainly would have preffered someone else. 

    This movie was slow moving and the plot felt quite far-fetched. If you’re looking for a good coming of age film, I’d recommend The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Fault in Our Stars, or Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl. 

    Yes to all of this  

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    I’d recommend The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Fault in Our Stars, or Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl. 

    The Fault in Our Stars is hardly a coming of age movie, and to be honest, I prefer better Paper Towns in a second, anytime, for all the reasons.

    But yes! And I’d add The Spectacular Now, Jongens, Jeune Et Jolie, The Kings of Summer, Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho and Güeros to that recent list. Probably Dope too, but still waiting for it to open at my city.
     

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    I’d recommend The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Fault in Our Stars, or Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl. 

    The Fault in Our Stars is hardly a coming of age movie, and to be honest, I prefer better Paper Towns in a second, anytime, for all the reasons.

    But yes! And I’d add The Spectacular Now, Jongens, Jeune Et Jolie, The Kings of Summer, Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho and Güeros to that recent list. Probably Dope too, but still waiting for it to open at my city.
     
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    I agree with all of those and will add the Duff.

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    moviefan61794
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    #190500

    I love me some “coming of age” movies and you’re all naming my recent faves. YES!

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    #190501

    Guys, are we going this long without mentioning Stand by Me as a great coming of age film?

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    KyleBailey
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    I think we were just talking about them in the context of the recent years. There are so many from the 80’s 

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    AMG
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    #190503

    So….THAT interview. #TeamCara. That’s CARA not Clara!

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    Riley
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    So….THAT interview. #TeamCara. That’s CARA not Clara!

    I think that both sides are at fault.  Glad that I watched it.

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    Noé
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    So….THAT interview. #TeamCara. That’s CARA not Clara!

    Those hosts seems like the kind of people who are annoying cockatoos thinking they’re so funny. Specially amusing in the morning… Carla could just drop the mic and leave and it would be okay (to me).

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    #190507

    I don’t like this movie. Few scenes of this movie was interesting. 

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