<I>The Help</I>: Gets By With a Little Help From Some Tremendous Actresses

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Indie Snapshot: Paradise

by Ethan Alter October 18, 2013 2:06 pm
Indie Snapshot: <i>Paradise</i>

When it comes to Diablo Cody, author of such offbeat endeavors as Juno, Young Adult, Jennifer's Body and The United States of Tara, it's generally best to expect the unexpected. But what to do when this clever (sometimes too clever) scribe delivers precisely what's expected? That's the case with Cody's directorial debut, Paradise, a Vegas-set dramedy that begins as a spikey comedy only to evolve into precisely the kind of banal, self-improvement seminar that one of her edgy heroines would snark endlessly through. It's as if Cody experienced one of Tara Gregson's personality switches midway through production on the film, suddenly morphing from Diablo Cody into Gary Marshall.

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