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Paper Man (7/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 110 minutes
Not for children.
I’ve seen Emma Stone in some truly dreadful
pictures, like “The House Bunny” (2008) and “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past”
(2009). Bad as the pictures were, Stone gave wonderful performances and
left me with a very good impression.
Here she finally gets a starring role and gives
a tour de force. She is an exceptional actress. When I first saw
“Hard Candy” (2005), I opined that Ellen Page was destined for stardom.
I feel the same way about Stone. She’s not only a terrific actress, but
she is beautiful to boot.
Here she’s Abby, a 17-year old who baby sits for
psycho Richard Dunne (Jeff Daniels). They both have make believe
friends, Captain Excellent (Ryan Reynolds) for Richard and Christopher
(Kieran Culkin) for Abby. Abby has an abusive boy friend, Bryce (Hunter
Parish), who does not bring out the best in her.
Richard’s wife, Claire (Lisa Kudrow), a doctor,
comes across as a heavy by writer/directors Kieran and Michele Mulroney,
and this is where the movie falls down. She is clearly there to be
equated with Bryce to draw even closer parallels between Richard and
Abby, but I thought Claire saintly. Claire puts up with Richard’s
shenanigans and mental illness as best she can, but the Mulroneys never
seem to give her any credit for living a pretty thankless life and
devoting herself to him as much as she can.
This is a strange movie about defective people,
but it is well done. While what carries the movie is Stone’s outstanding
performance, Daniels and Kudrow aren’t chopped liver, either.
April 20, 2010