Paradise (2013 film)
|Directed by||Diablo Cody|
|Produced by||Diablo Cody
|Written by||Diablo Cody|
Kathleen Rose Perkins
|Music by||Rachel Portman|
|Edited by||Myron I. Kerstein|
|Distributed by||Image Entertainment|
Paradise (also known as Lamb of God) is an American comedy-drama film written and directed by Diablo Cody, in her directorial debut. It stars Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Octavia Spencer, Holly Hunter, Iliza Shlesinger and Kathleen Rose Perkins and was released October 18, 2013.
This was the last film by Mandate Pictures before it was shut down.
Lamb Mannerhelm (Julianne Hough) goes to speak at her family's church in Montana one year after surviving a plane crash, which has left her with severe burns all over her body. While everyone is expecting her to make some big announcement, she instead publicly denounces her belief in God, causing a major uproar in the church. Lamb later explains some of the strict rules she has to live by in her conservative town, like listening only to Christian music, and not being allowed to wear pants. Feeling both angry and inexperienced in life, Lamb heads to Las Vegas to indulge in the sinful pleasures that are objected in her community. Once there, she goes to a random bar in order to have her first drink, where she meets a bartender named William (Russell Brand), and a singer named Loray (Octavia Spencer).
- Julianne Hough as Lamb Mannerhelm
- Russell Brand as William
- Octavia Spencer as Loray
- Nick Offerman as Mr. Mannerhelm
- Holly Hunter as Mrs. Mannerhelm
- Iliza Shlesinger as Carol
- Kathleen Rose Perkins as Amber
Paradise received mostly negative reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 22% based on 37 reviews. Metacritic gives the film a score of 35/100, based on reviews from 15 critics.
- The New York Times
- Calfas, Jennifer (8/7/2013). "Diablo Cody Celebrates 'Paradise,' Her Directorial Debut, With Hollywood Premiere". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "Paradise". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
- "Paradise". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
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