A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Strongly values friendship no matter how conventional or unconventional it may be. Presents an unsentimental look at (legal) assisted suicide, inviting thoughtful consideration.
Positive Role Models
Loners at heart, quirky, and with an offbeat way of looking at the world, the two leads exhibit loyalty, bravery, determination, compassion, and teamwork.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mentions gay partnership. A scene is played in a hot tub in which two male participants are naked (no nudity), and in which a female briefly flirts with one of them.
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A few curse words ("f--k," "s--t").
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A sequence in which the two leading characters drink alcohol; one becomes drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Paddleton is a comedy with serious underpinnings that make it both funny and poignant. The topic of legal, assisted suicide is at the heart of the story as two male friends confront the impending death of one of them from terminal cancer. Viewers can expect a few curse words ("f--k," "s--t") and one scene in which the main characters consume alcohol to the point of drunkenness. A hot tub sequence finds both of the men naked (no visible nudity), embarrassed by a woman's unexpected arrival. A reference is made to gay partnership, and a woman briefly tries to seduce one of the leads. This unconventional film is always restrained with even the most dispiriting moments played quietly. The humor is wry, character-based, with human vulnerability at its core. It's a solid and heartfelt production, consistent with the previous work of Mark Duplass one of the writers of this film as well as one of its two stars. Though the movie isn't intended for kids, mature teens might find it rewarding. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Understated, with a low-keyed improvisational style, Ray Romano and Mark Duplass deliver complex, heartfelt performances in a simple story that defines an authentic friendship and intimate loss. With its leisurely pace, droll humor, and focus on two men who may be initially categorized as "losers," Paddleton may not appeal to all audiences. But Alex Lehmann and the two actors accomplish the rare feat of turning those antisocial underachievers into sympathetic, even heroic men. Ray Romano continues to delight in a role that capitalizes on his comic skills and reveals that he's a gifted actor as well.
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