Paper Towns Friday, 10 April 2020

Paper Towns

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Sexual references.

  • The pitch:

    Middle-of-the-road.

  • Starring:

    Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams, Justice Smith, Halston Sage, Jaz Sinclair, Cara Buono, Josiah Cerio, Hannah Alligood

  • Directed by:

    Jake Schreier

  • Running time:

    109 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Gun shots. A boy shoves another into locker rows. Window broken to force entry into a derelict building. An animal is almost hit by a car; car spinout. Vandalism, truancy, break-and-entre, lying. Blood/gore: Dead body (suicide; gunshot) found by children. Cut on eyebrow. Urinating blood, kidney infection mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A young couple has sex (off-screen). Kissing, flirting, hugging, hand holding. Nude males (rear view). Shirtless male, girl in bra, revealing clothing, men in underwear. Sex, masturbation discussed. Sexual-themed banter/innuendo. Cheating mentioned. Strip club seen in background.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer). Teen drinking, binge drinking. Cigar-smoking mentioned. Betting.

  • LANGUAGE:

    S-words, a-words, b*tch. Name-calling. Derogatory terms for women. Terms for genitals. Obscene finger gestures. Religious exclamations. Confederate flag t-shirt.

  • THEMES:

    Teenagers, friends, childish pranks, running away, sneaking out, road trips, growing up, first crushes, the girl next door, bonding, revenge, mystery, infidelity.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Cheating boyfriend. Divorce mentioned. Cow, dead fish. Urination. Based on the novel by John Green.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Moving, melancholy, affecting, likeable, big-hearted, bittersweet, modest. Intriguing tale, flawed/vulnerable characters, charming character moments, funny/unforced rapport among cast, faithful adaptation to the book, offers an interesting perspective on adolescence.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Contrived, familiar, clichés. Pedestrian story, some one-dimensional performances, abrasive score, unexciting selection of songs.

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