Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Beautiful, funny movie celebrates the flow of life; cursing.

R 2016 118 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 16+

Beautiful and understated

The pace and tone of this film, just mesmerizing. Driver of course is a very compelling bus driver. This film is about Paterson, New Jersey, front and center. This film is methodical with the most charming English bulldog to grace the screen. This film inspires ditching the smartphone, picking up a notebook and writing some poems. A film about poetry that inspires you to read some but more importantly to write some. This could be waaaay pretentious, but it is not. It feels honest and sincere and beautiful in its monotony. Beautiful and understated.
age 18+

No particular plot.

If you suffer from insomnia, then this movie is for you. The characters show no emotion and there is no particular plot. It's like watching Groundhog Day with absolutely no humor. I fast forwarded much of it and didn't miss a thing. If you want, just watch the first five minutes and the last five minutes of this movie. The part in between can be omitted and you'll not have missed a thing.

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