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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

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

Movie R 2016 118 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 4 parent reviews

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.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (5 ):

Jim Jarmusch first made a splash on the indie movie scene in the '80s, and has enjoyed a long, noteworthy career, but with this beautiful, Zen-like work, he has made what could be his very best movie. Paterson is a masterpiece that takes great pleasure in the repeating rhythms of life, finding great beauty in circles, twins, and the cycle of things ruined and repaired. Its simple structure allows for many little, hidden meanings to be happily discovered and enjoyed (from William Carlos Williams to the Wu-Tang Clan to Moonrise Kingdom), but it's also a touchingly emotional work as well, focusing on the tiny intricacies of a long-term relationship.

The couple, Paterson and Laura, have many little conversations about their day-to-day lives, but the unspoken is also important. There's so much love in the way they simply read each other, and admire each other's actions, or worry about each other. It's a deeply compassionate movie, wherein Jarmusch paints the town with multicultural characters, each of whom is viewed respectfully, as human. (Paterson himself is one of the only white characters in the movie.) Finally, lest it sound too serious and too ponderous, the movie is also quite funny from time to time, with most of the humor springing from the stubborn, snorting English bulldog. Paterson is a movie you'll wish you could just carry around with you forever.

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