I liked a lot of things about Paper Man (2009). Jeff Daniels (Richard) and Ryan Reynolds (Captain Excellent) both did a good job, very solid. But the best acting came from Emma Stone (Abby). She really delivered a great performance. Her character has some complexity to it…she’s dealing with things in her past, she’s trying to get by with her present, she’s curious in her developing relationship with Richard. She’s sweet, she’s thoughtful, she still enjoys humor despite her difficult life. She really has a lot of physical techniques that help to sell her character – the shy smiles, the use of her hair to convey different emotions, etc.
The plot isn’t terribly complicated. Richard is a writer who’s having a tough time getting started on his new novel. So he and his career-minded wife set him up in a house in a small town, so that he can focus on his writing. But he still has a tough time. He meets Abby, who’s a local girl who is surrounded only by people who aren’t so great.
He does act a little weird, and she overlooks that at first. He hires her to be the babysitter, despite the fact he doesn’t have kids at his place. They create a sort of friendship, that’s based on listening to each other, and patiently listening to ideas. The thing with him is he has this “imaginary friend” named Captain Excellent that he is always talking to. It’s sort of a part of his personality I think…sometimes he advises him, sometimes he wants him, sometimes he’s just there to watch over and protect him. Many times he brings some humor into the situation.
It’s a situation that puts two people, each with their own problems, into a situation where they can create and grow a friendship based on teaching each other about life, and about growing up.
|Paper Man (2009)|
|Rating: 6.7/10 (13,711 votes)
Director: Kieran Mulroney, Michele Mulroney
Writer: Michele Mulroney, Kieran Mulroney
Stars: Lisa Kudrow, Jeff Daniels, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone
Runtime: 110 min
Genre: Comedy, Drama
|Plot: A washed-up writer forms an unlikely friendship with a teenager from Long Island.|